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April 25, 2013

State History Day has long tradition in C'town

Students from all across the state will converge in Cooperstown to compete in New York History Day. 

According to a media release, nearly 500 middle and high schools students are anticipated to participate in the growing annual contest, which will be held on Monday, April 29.   

Students will present their papers, documentaries, exhibits, websites and performances at locations around Cooperstown, including the Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Otesaga Hotel. The day’s events will conclude with an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. at the Cooperstown Middle/High School.

New York State History Day, an educational outreach program of the New York State Historical Association, is a yearlong history education program that challenges students in grades 6 to 12 to produce “exceptional scholarship” on topics related to an annual theme. This year’s theme is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” Students present their projects to a panel of judges in a series of competitions starting at the local level. 

For the state competition in Cooperstown, nearly 100 historians and educators from across the state serve as judges. Their evaluations help students who advance to the next round revise their entries. Students placing first and second in their categories are eligible to compete at National History Day in College Park, Md., in June. 

Members of the public are welcome to view the performance, documentary and exhibition categories, held at designated sites. A schedule with locations and times is available on the program website, www.nyshistoryday.org.

New York State History Day is supported in part by the History Channel and the New York Council for the Humanities.

For more information on New York State History Day, email the coordinator at nyshistoryday@nysha.org, or visit the New York State History Day website at www.nyshistoryday.org.

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