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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., —On Friday, May 1, the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum will fill to capacity when over 425 middle and high school students from across New York State arrive to participate in the annual New York State History Day competition.

Judging of all entries begins at 9:00 am and runs until early afternoon. Students will present their projects at various locations around Cooperstown, including the 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 “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies,” and students from 13 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.

The public is 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  ( or at the Registration and Information Desk at The Farmers’ Museum on Friday, May 1.

For more information on New York State History Day, e-mail the State Coordinator at, or visit the New York State History Day web site at

New York State History Day is sponsored by the New York State Historical Association. Major funding for the program, made possible by the generous support of Senator James L. Seward, is provided through the New York State Education Department. 


About the New York State Historical Association  The New York State Historical Association is committed to engaging and connecting a broad public audience to New York State’s unique cultural heritage through exhibitions, extensive library collections, statewide educational programs, and publications that provoke, delight, and inspire. Founded in 1899, NYSHA is a private, non-profit, membership-based, educational and cultural institution dedicated to preserving, collecting, and interpreting art and historical artifacts significant to New York State’s rich history and American culture. The Association’s remarkable collections, showcased in the Fenimore Art Museum, comprise some of the best examples of American landscape, history, and genre paintings including seminal works by Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount and Benjamin West; the renown Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, a masterpiece collection of more than 800 art objects, representing a broad scope of North American cultures; and one of the nation’s most comprehensive and significant folk art collections. NYSHA’s Research Library holdings include over 90,000 volumes on American, New York State, and local history. For more information on the Association, the Fenimore Art Museum, the Research Library, or Membership, please call (607) 547-1400 or visit The Association’s mailing address is P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326.

About National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a nationally acclaimed, yearlong history education program that annually challenges over half a million students and thousands of teachers to ask questions that uncover life-changing answers. On April 11, 1974, National History Day was launched when 129 students from the Cleveland, Ohio area attended a history competition on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

The revolutionary program was designed to reform and invigorate the teaching and learning of history at the elementary and secondary levels. With initial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National History Day soon became a staple of history education in classrooms throughout the United States. Today, National History Day serves as the model for history and civics education reform. For more information on National History Day, please visit www.nationalhistoryday

Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail:

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Program and Event Press Releases
Publication Date: 
April 2009