A group gathered at the Encinitas Community Center on Feb. 16 to place a leaf on the Memory Tree maintained by the Senior Foundation. The leaf is in tribute to Wendy Haskett, a beloved local history author who passed away on Feb. 17, 2006.
Those present at the ceremony, some of whom contributed to the memorial leaf, were Encinitas Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan; San Dieguito Heritage Museum members and supporters Dave Oakley, Don Terwilliger, Linda McArdle and Shari Fortmueller; and Wendy's sons Craig and Gordy Haskett.
Houlihan spoke about Haskett's passion for history and life stories, which she developed into entertaining and informative newspaper articles and books, and the importance of keeping history alive. McArdle said the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, where Haskett was an enthusiastic and valuable volunteer, will continue to honor her memory and promote her passion for history by holding its fourth annual writing contest for third graders from the San Dieguito area (Encinitas, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Carmel Valley). Interested students are invited to write an original essay of up to three pages on life in the San Dieguito region during days gone by.
For the essay, students must collect information from the memories or written accounts of older generations, describing lives and experiences from an earlier period of local history. An original piece of art must accompany the essay.
A panel of writers and teachers will judge the essays and artwork. The entries are due on March 25. Winners will be announced on May 1. Cash prizes, trophies and books will be awarded to first, second and third places, and a separate prize will be awarded for the artwork. More details about the contest are available through the museum at (760) 632-9711 or www.sdheritage.org/events.htm.