Students from Across New York State Will Convene in Cooperstown for the Annual New York State History Day Competition
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., April 12, 2007—On Friday, April 27, the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum will host over 400 middle and high school students and their families from across New York State for the annual New York State History Day competition.
Judging of all entries begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs until early afternoon. Students will present their projects at various locations around Cooperstown, including Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and The Otesaga Hotel. Nearly one hundred community members, consisting of historians and educators, will serve as judges for the event. The day’s events culminate in an awards ceremony at the Cooperstown High School at 5:00 pm.
The state contest, sponsored by the New York State Historical Association, is a yearlong history education program that challenges students in grades 6-12 to produce exceptional scholarship on topics in history related to an annual theme. This year’s theme is “Triumph & Tragedy in History,” and students from 11 regions around New York State will present their final projects in the form of dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, interactive web sites and scholarly research papers to a panel of judges. Students placing first and second in their categories will be eligible to compete at National History Day in College Park, Maryland, in June.
This year’s entries range from world history topics, such as the Holocaust and Julius Caesar, to local New York State subjects including the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island and the Canandaigua Treaty. Although projects vary in their focus on local, state, national, and international history, all student entries address how their topic can be viewed as a both a triumph and tragedy in history. A high school senior from Albion, NY, investigated the role of the media during the Vietnam War by interviewing media personalities and veterans for her individual documentary, “Triumphs and Tragedies: The Media During the Vietnam War.” Two eighth graders from Brooklyn examined the daily life of female Irish immigrants in the nineteenth century and present their final analysis in the dramatic performance, “Ireland's Daughters as Domestic Servants: The Bridge Between the Tragedy of the Famine and the Triumph of Success in America.” In their group exhibit, “Bridges of Wishes,” two high school students from Clifton Park, NY, address the triumphs and tragedies Ruby Bridges faced when she became the first black child to attend an all-white school in the mid-20th century American south.
Community members are welcome to view the performance, documentary, and exhibition categories, held at designated sites. A schedule with locations and times will be available in the Main Barn at the Registration and Information Desk in The Farmers’ Museum on Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27.
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 web site at www.nyshistoryday.org.
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