On Friday, various venues in Cooperstown were transformed into lively living history museums with the addition of more than 450 middleand high school students and their families from across New York State convening for the New York State History Day competition.
Students from 14 regions throughout the state presented their award-winning work reflecting this year’s National History Day theme: “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences” in the state finals held at the New York State Historical Association, The Farmers’ Museum, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and The Otesaga Hotel.
The day’s events culminated in an awards ceremony at the Cooperstown High School auditorium at 5 p.m.
The state contest, sponsored by the New York State Historical Association, is a year-long history education program that challenges students in grades six through12 to produce exceptional scholarship on topics in history related toan annual theme, according to a media release. Students presented their final projects in the form of dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, interactive websites and scholarly research papers to a panel of judges. First and second place winners in each category advance to National History Day at the University of Maryland, College Park, in June, to compete with history scholars from throughout the country.
First and second place winners will go on to the national competition. Results can be found at www.nyshistoryday.org.
For more information on New York State History Day, e-mail the state coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the New York State History Day website.