Young Scholars to Converge on Cooperstown for New York State History Day

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

New York State History Day
April 28, 2014 from 9:00 am-6:00 pm

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (04/04/2014) — On Monday, April 28, the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum host nearly 500 middle and high school students from all corners of New York State, along with their teachers and parents, for New York State History Day. 

History comes alive for participants of History Day, a program dedicated to enhancing and improving the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools. History Day empowers teachers to improve history education so that every student will be equipped with a working knowledge of history and will develop the skills necessary to contribute to the public good of our nation.

Students in grades 6-12 produce exceptional scholarship on topics related to an annual theme. This year’s theme is Rights and Responsibilities in History. 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 those students who advance to the next round to revise their entries. Students placing first and second in their categories are eligible to compete at National History Day in College Park, Maryland, in June. Most students, however, will not advance. Judge’s feedback is even more important for them; helpful and positive comments provide them with a high-quality education experience.

The public is welcome to view students’ papers, websites, and exhibits at scheduled viewing times. Documentaries and performance categories are also open to the public at the time of judging. A schedule with locations will be available on the website

New York State History Day is made possible by support from Senator Jim Seward and the New York Senate. It is also supported in part by the History Channel and the New York Council for the Humanities.

For more information on New York State History Day, visit the New York State History Day website at

Press Release Category: 
Program and Event Press Releases
Publication Date: 
April 2014