North Country History Day is More than “a Day”

Next month 66 students from across northern New York will compete at North Country History Day held here at Fort Ticonderoga. Students placing first and second in their categories on March 8th will advance to represent the region at New York State History Day in Cooperstown on April 28th.

Student winner of an award "Best Use of Primary Sources" at North Country History Day 2013. The award was sponsored by the "Ticonderoga, the First 250 Years" committee.

Student winner of an award “Best Use of Primary Sources” at North Country History Day 2013. The award was sponsored by the “Ticonderoga, the First 250 Years” committee.

Each year two million students all across the country participate in the National History Day program. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, research papers, and website designs. They may enter in competition at the regional, state, and national level. Participants include students in grades 6-8 in the Junior Division and grades 9-12 in the Senior Division. National History Day also provides educational services to students and teachers, including a summer internship program, curricular materials, internet resources, and annual teacher workshops and training institutes.

This year’s National History Day theme is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” Student projects can focus on any aspect of American or World history, but must make a connection to the theme.

Recent research shows that students who participate in the National History Day program consistently out perform their peers in state standardized tests, not only in social studies but in science and math as well! Students learn valuable research and critical-thinking skills essential to success in today’s business world.

A judge examines a student exhibit entry at North Country History Day in 2013.

A judge examines a student exhibit entry at North Country History Day in 2013.

Eighteen volunteers help make History Day happen at Fort Ticonderoga. These members of the regional community serve as judges, diligently viewing student projects, providing constructive feedback and interviewing each student participant.

Members of the public are invited to view student projects between 12:30 and 3:00. Student-created performances run from 12:30-1:30 and exhibits are open from 1:30-3:00. The public can also attend the Awards Ceremony at 3:00. North Country History Day takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga and has been coordinated by the Fort since 2008.

Click here to learn more about North Country History Day and how students can participate.

I invite you to come and see the great work in history our regional students are doing!

Rich Strum
Director of Education and
North Country Regional Coordinator for New York State History Day

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