SHIRLEY — The Shirley Historical Society has chosen the winners in their “What I Love About Shirley Contest.” First-place winner for the adult-literature contest is Connie Tung, who wrote about the wonderful people who helped her when she first came to Shirley and was soon widowed with three small children.

Honorable mention in adult literature was Vicki Jurga Landry, who told about growing up in Shirley in the mid-20th century.

First place in the youth division for literature was Zoe Saldana with her essay about the Lura A. White Elementary School.

Honorable mention in the youth-literature division went to Amanda Martin for giving a brief history of the town.

For visual arts, first place in the adult division went to Dina Samfield for her collage of Shirley people and places. Honorable mention went to Mary Cooper for her photo of the War Memorial Park in the snow. First place for youth in visual arts went to Mattie Margraf for the picture she colored of the Lura A. White Elementary School.

All of those entries will remain on display at the Shirley Historical Society, 182 Center Road until mid-March. Also on display is a collection of antique valentines. The museum is open to visitors, researchers and volunteers Mondays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Go to for further information.