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One winner will be chosen from five finalists in each division.

Winners in each division will receive:
- $500 cash prize
- Set of books on the Dutch colony of the New Netherlands for his or her school library.

Finalists in each division will receive a Certificate of Merit. All contributing students will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Questions? Please contact the Office of Statewide Programs at 607-547-1534 or statwideprograms@nysha.org.
 

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Competition is open to New York State public, private, parochial and home-schooled students in grades 4-12.

The competition is divided into three divisions:
- Elementary – Grades 4-5
- Junior – Grades 6-8
- Senior – Grades 9-12

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While looking for the Northwest Passage for the Dutch East India Company in 1609, Henry Hudson sailed into New York Harbor and up into upstate New York on the river that now bears his name.  Claiming the land for the Netherlands, the Dutch soon began colonizing Long Island, Manhattan, and the Hudson River Valley. Although the Dutch surrendered their colony to the English in 1664, many of their cultural traditions, architecture, and customs persist in the New York State today.

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Art and Opera

Explore the world of Art and Opera with a classroom visit from The Glimmerglass Festival and The Fenimore Art Museum!

In this exciting opportunity students who participate in an outreach visit from The Glimmerglass Festival and The Fenimore Art Museum’s program: Art and Opera will have the chance to participate in a juriedshow at The Fenimore Art Museum which will be on display through the summer of 2011!

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New York State Quadricentennial Essay Contest
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The New York State Historical Association and the Royal Netherlands Embassy are pleased to announce the <a href="http://ny.nhd.org/LoNNEssayContest2009.htm">winners</a> of the New York State Quadricentennial Essay Contest.  <a href="http://ny.nhd.org/LoNNEssayContest2009.htm">Click Here</a>

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The 29th Annual Conference on New York State History Slated for June 5-7 in Saratoga Springs

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., May 20, 2008—The New York State Historical Association and the New York State Archives Partnership, with co-sponsorship from the New York Council for the Humanities, will bring together educators, public historians, archaeologists, librarians, genealogists and archivists to Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, from Thursday through Saturday, June 5-7, 2008 for the 29th Annual Conference on New York State History.

The conference offers scholars of all levels a supportive setting in which to present their recent research and scholarship on the history of New York State and receive constructive comment from colleagues. Particular highlights of this year’s program include two daylong workshops—one presented by the Upstate History Alliance, which will focus on connecting teachers and historians with research resources, and another targeted at the particular needs of county and borough historians, as well as evening walking tours of the Saratoga Springs cityscape and an exciting guided trip to Fort Ticonderoga.

We are pleased to be hosting keynote speaker Kevin Baker, author of Dreamland, Paradise Alley, and Sometimes You See It Coming, who will be speaking about his books’ use of New York State and its history. His lecture is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities and will be free and open to the public without conference registration. The talk begins at 8 pm and takes place in the Gannett Auditorium at Skidmore College.

Kevin Baker is the author of four novels, including the three historical novels of his “City of Fire” trilogy about New York City, Dreamland (1999), Paradise Alley (2002), and Strivers Row. He was also the chief historical researcher on the 1998, bestselling history, The American Century, by Harold Evans, with Gail Buckland and Kevin Baker. Mr. Baker is currently at work on a history of New York City baseball, and has written the graphic novel, Luna Park, which will be published next year by DC Comics. He has contributed short stories and chapters to a number of collections, and has written for many periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, and at American Heritage, where for ten years he wrote the In the News column.

Each year the conference also features the Wendell Tripp Lecture; this year’s speaker, Martin Bruegel of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique of France, will discuss his research on the historical shift to a market economy in the Hudson Valley in his talk, “An Acceptable Refreshment: Eating and Drinking in the Hudson Valley, 1780-1860.”

Skidmore College’s Palamountain Hall’s lobby will be filled with publishers, book dealers, and organizations eager to share their products and services with conference participants. Exhibitors at this year’s conference will include: Cornell University Press; Purple Mountain Press; aGatherin'/Ephemera Society of America; Rockefeller Archive Center; New York Wanderer Press; State University of New York Press; New York Folklore Society; Hudson Microimaging, Inc.; Syracuse University Press; The Donning Company Publishers; Tuxedo Historical Society; Upstate History Alliance; The History Press; and the New York State Library.

The exhibit hall will also feature three historical exhibits: Samuel Hayden Sexton and the Lost Giles F. Yates Sketch by Ona Curran, Schenectady County Historical Society and Laura Lee Linder, First Reformed Church of Schenectady; The Dutch Farm Survey: Exploring Your Own Backyard by the Dutch Barn Preservation Society; and The Restoration of the Knickerbocker Mansion by Knickerbocker Historical Society.

Except for the Keynote Lecture, which is free and open to the public, the conference is open to all by registration, in advance or at the door. Overnight accommodations are available at Skidmore College dormitories and at area hotels. For a conference schedule, please e-mail the conference coordinator at historyconference@nysha.org or visit online at www.nysha.org.

About the Archives Partnership Trust
The Archives Partnership Trust is an innovative public-private partnership that supports the education, public programming, conservation, exhibitions, and publications of the New York State Archives.

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 80,000 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 www.nysha.org. The Association’s mailing address is P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326

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NYSHA Research Library Opens Exhibit Honoring the Legacy of Louis C. Jones

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COOPERSTOWN, NY, MAY 13, 2008—On view in the New York State Historical Association’s Research Library’s exhibit room is a centennial exhibition honoring Louis C. Jones. Organized by students from the Cooperstown Graduate Program—John Hart, Ashley Hopkins, Brian Richards, Kimberly Springle, and Lori White, the exhibit Three Eyes on the Past: The Legacy of Dr. Louis C. Jones (1908-1990) commemorates Jones’s work as historian, author, folklorist, director of the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum, and a founder of the Cooperstown Graduate Program. The exhibit may be viewed during library hours, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m.

The exhibition features folk art, historical artifacts, and ephemera culled from the collections of the Research Library, the New York State Historical Association, the Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum and the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Some of the objects on view include a mallet from the 20th century, which belonged to the infamous murderess Eva Coo who allegedly used the device to kill her handyman to collect his life insurance; The American Songbook by poet Carl Sandburg, and the books Murder at Cherry Hill and Things That Go Bump in the Night, both authored by Louis C. Jones.

Along with the New York State Historical Association’s Chairman and founder Stephen C. Clark, Sr., Louis Jones selected many of the museum’s most cherished pieces and acquired much of the Fenimore Art Museum’s renowned collection of folk art. On exhibit are a barley fork, an angel weathervane, and a peacock dating from the 19th century.

Also on view are Jones’s papers, which include the illustrations from his publication Things That Go Bump in the Night; his notebook from his early days at the New York State Historical Association; brochures from The Farmers’ Museum’s Seminars on American Culture; and an 1950 issue of Art in America, which was devoted to the Fenimore Art Museum’s growing folk art collection.

Louis C. Jones was renowned for several initiatives as director of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) and The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, from 1947 until 1972. Among his major accomplishments were the establishment of the Seminars on American Culture, the Cooperstown Graduate Program, the folk art collection at the Fenimore Art Museum and the Thompson-Jones folklore archives, the New York Folklore Society, and the expansion of The Farmers’ Museum as well as educational programming, publication programs and outreach to local historical societies. He was also a popular writer and accomplished editor on folklore, art and history, including Cooperstown (1949), Things that Go Bump in the Night (1959), Growing Up in Cooper Country (1965), Three Eyes on the Past (1982), and Murder at Cherry Hill (1982). Other notable achievements include being an original member of the New York State Council on the Arts in 1960 (serving on the council until 1972) and chairman of the New York State Historic Trust. Jones received the Award of Distinction given by the Association of State and Local History in 1968, and honorary degrees from Hamilton College and the State University of New York in 1987.

Louis C. Jones was born June 28, 1908 in Albany, New York, and died November 25, 1990 after suffering a stroke in Haverford, Penn. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1930 and received his MA in English from Columbia University in 1931 and his PhD in 1942. Jones also taught English at the University level and held teaching positions at several universities including Long Island University, Syracuse University, and the State College for Teachers in Albany (State University of New York at Albany).

About the Research Library
The New York State Historical Association Research Library’s holdings include primary and secondary resources in the areas of American and New York State history and culture, American art history, genealogy, Native American art and culture, history of agriculture, folklore, and museum studies. The Library’s Special Collections Department possesses a wide variety of materials including rare books, manuscripts, archival collections, maps, broadsides, and ephemera. For information, write or call: NYSHA, PO Box 800, Cooperstown, NY, 13326; (607) 547-1400. The web site address is www.nysha.org.

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 renowned 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 www.nysha.org. The Association’s mailing address is P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326

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NYSHA Announces Results for the 2008 NYS History Day Competition

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Cooperstown, NY, May 3—On Friday, May 2, various venues in Cooperstown were transformed into lively living history museums with the addition of more than 400 middle and high school students and their families from across New York State convening for the New York State History Day competition. Students from 12 regions throughout New York State presented their award-winning work reflecting this year’s National History Day (NHD) theme: Conflict & Compromise in History in the state finals held at the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA), 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 5:00 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. Students from 12 different regions throughout New York State presented 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. 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.

The following students placed in the top three in each category; first and second place winners will go on to the national competition:

Junior Historical Paper
Third Place

Origins on Trial: Can We Design an Intelligent Compromise?
Jordyn Iger, Berner Middle School, Massapequa, NY

Second Place
J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb: Conflicts and Compromises within the Person
Zubin Mukerjee, Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland, NY

First Place
The Cuban Missle Crisis: Compromise Between the Superpowers Defuses Conflict
Leora Mincer, Ramaz Middle School, New York, NY

Junior Web Sites
Third Place

Tennesse v. John Scopes "Monkey Trial"
Mikela Goldstein & David Kaufman, Woodmere Middle School, Hewlett, NY

Second Place
Solidarity: The Trade Union that Changed Europe
Robert Duggan, Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack, NY

First Place
The American Revolution: America's First Civil War
Katelyn Reicher, Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack, NY

Junior Individual Documentary
Third Place

New York's Struggle Against Slavery: History Transformed
Jason Brooks, Woodmere Middle School, Hewlett, NY

Second Place
Injustice, Tolerance, and Hope in the Japanese Internment Camps
Miru Osuga, Hunter College Campus Schools, New York, NY

First Place
Microcredit: A Revolution That Will Ease the Burdens of the World's Poor
Omar Khan, Hunter College Campus Schools, New York, NY

Junior Group Documentary
Third Place

Brown vs Board of Education
Michael Barrett & Shyla Mateo, Jhs 71 Juan Morel Campos, Brooklyn, NY

Second Place
The Scopes Trial & The Monkey Business Behind It
Erica Ng, Jason Krueger, Helaina Regen-Tuero, & Chelsea Sidrane, Woodmere Middle School, Hewlett, NY

First Place
SS St. Louis-Ship of the Unwanted
Amelia Goodman & Kate Mallinson, Henry L. Stimson Middle School, Huntington Station, NY

Junior Individual Performance
Third Place

Ecology vs. Human Technology: The Conflict and Compromise of Silent Spring
Lauren Altman, Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack, NY

Second Place
1,000 World War II Refugees: A Journey through Conflict and Compromise
Lily Ashira Shoretz, Ramaz Middle School, New York, NY

First Place
Apollo - Soyuz: A comprimise in the Space Race Conflict
Max Gendler, Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack, NY

Junior Group Performance
Third Place

The Devil's Mark: The Conflict and Compromise of the Salem Witch Trials
Akshay Kumar, Juliet Liu, Laura Sanicola, & Rebecca Klar, South Woods Middle School, Syosset, NY

Second Place
Reactions To Reactors: The Conflict and Comprimise of Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
Rachel Weber & Josh Berg, Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack, NY

First Place
Why is the World Silent?
Bibi Salma Jumah, Aisha Ahmad, Ubaidat Abdul Rahman, Nora Yousef, & Alaa Muhiddin, An Nur Islamic School, Schenectady, NY

Junior Individual Exhibit
Third Place

Conflict; Gray Wolf vs Man
Lily Mazur, Christ The King School, Albany, NY

Second Place
The War of the Currents
James Calixto, Hunter College Campus Schools, New York, NY

First Place
Heroism Defeats Horror: The Danish Resistance Movement
Ryan McEvoy, Genesis At Xaverian, Brooklyn, NY

Junior Group Exhibit
Third Place

Who Should Be Chosen
Emily Fruchter, Erin Freilich, Danielle Arfe, & Rachel Cohen, Manhattan Day School, New York, NY

Second Place
Rationing: Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do or Do Without
Lheiren Milanette, Brenda Blain, Morgan Tantillo, & Tegan Mansouri, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District, Honeoye Falls, NY

First Place
DDT, the Killer Cure
Rachel Lee & Joan Harrison, Christ The King School, Albany, NY

Senior Historical Paper
Third Place

The Headscarf Conflict in France: Universal Versus Pluralist Views of Citizenship
Michael Migiel-Schwartz, Ithaca City School District, Ithaca, NY

Second Place
A Nation Divided Against Itself: The Conflicts and Compromises on the Road to Partition
Zagreb Mukerjee, Guilderland High School, Guilderland Center, NY

First Place
Conflict and Compromise Over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Lily Chan, Syosset Senior High School, Syosset, NY

Senior Web Sites
Third Place

War of the Roses
Mallory Merryman, Clarkstown South Senior High School, West Nyack, NY

Second Place
Shinnecock Land Conflicts: An Ongoing Battle Between Traditional Belief and Broken Compromises
Shalini Pammal, Commack High School, Commack, NY

First Place
I Am An American
Darren Huang, Herricks High School, New Hyde Park, NY

Senior Individual Documentary
Third Place

Solidarity in Poland
Paul Sieradzki, Clarkstown North Senior High School, New City, NY

Second Place
No Light at the End of the Tunnel. Conflict, Compromise, and the Tet Offensive
Charlotte Burger, Massapequa High School, Massapequa, NY

First Place
The Dalai Lama: Compassion Through Conflict
Ariana Rudess,Clarkstown South Senior High School, West Nyack, NY

Senior Group Documentary
Third Place

Upton Sinclair's Battle Against Chicago's Stockyards
Amanda Villani & Hadas Werman, George W. Hewlett High School, Hewlett, NY

Second Place
We Shall Breathe the Air Again: Prisoners of War in the Civil War
Sarah Aronson & Jessica Fiore, Bethlehem Central Senior High School, Delmar, NY

First Place
Constitution in Crisis
Amit Kohli, Jordan Stein, & Peter Dimarco, Herricks High School, New Hyde Park, NY

Senior Individual Performance
Third Place

Perestroika and Glasnost: The Beginning of the End
Olga Zubashko, Clarkstown South Senior High School, West Nyack, NY

Second Place
Seneca Falls: First Step Towards Rights
Ko-Eun Choi, Clarkstown South Senior High School, West Nyack, NY

First Place
Love Canal
Calvin Ho, Herricks High School, New Hyde Park, NY

Senior Group Performance
Third Place

The Seneca Falls Struggle for Suffrage
Kirsten Freiman, Colleen Teubner, Rebecca Silverman, & Caitlin Etri,
Huntington High School, Huntington Station, NY

Second Place
Chernobyl
Reshama Patel & Brian Groudan, Herricks High School, New Hyde Park, NY

First Place
Monkey Business: Evolution on Trial
Rachel Refkin & Allegra Kuney, Clarkstown South Senior High Schoo, West Nyack, NY

Senior Individual Exhibit
Third Place
The 1971 Attica Riot: Conflict of Principles/Compromise of Humanity
Michael Tarantelli, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District, Honeoye Falls, NY

Second Place
The Newburgh Conspiracy: The Final Conflict
Valerie Champeau, Clarkstown North Senior High School, New City, NY

First Place
Blood Brothers
Aaron Meltzer, Herricks High School, New Hyde Park, NY

Senior Group Exhibit
Third Place
It Took Nine Kids to Teach the World a Lesson: The Little Rock Nine
Helene Beauchemin, Nicole Safran, & Bincy Ouseph, Clarkstown South Senior High School, West Nyack, NY

Second Place
Behind Barbed Wire: The Conflict and Compromise of Japanese Internment
Anu Lingala, Sondra Lipshutz, & Allie Cutler, Clarkstown South Senior High School, West Nyack, NY

First Place
Hutu vs. Tutsi: The Rwanda Genocide
Deborah Carter, Hallelujah Lewis, Leah Heartfield, & Jattira Butler,
ATLAH High School, New York, NY

2008 Special Award Winners

Abner Doubleday Civil War Roundtable - Thomas W. Malone Award
Junior Group Performance
The Underground Railroad: Where Am I Going?
Alexis Yarber, Jordan Johnson, & Antonietta Donisi, Persell Middle School

Bassett Healthcare Award
Senior Web Site
HIV/AIDS and Education: The Children of Botswana
Lisabeth Kelly and Mickey Quinn, Tech Valley High School

Cooperstown Graduate Program Award
Junior Individual Exhibit
A Step Toward Religious Freedom: Henry IV and the Edict of Nantes
Emma March, Hunter College Campus Schools

The Farmers' Museum Award
Junior Group Performance
Wind Power
Katie Weiss, Colton Paulo, Abigail Milone, Holland-Patent Middle School

Folk and Jablonka Family Award
Senior Group Documentary
Exodus 1947: The Ship That Lainched A Nation
Rachel Weimar & Amelia Weimar, Living Word Academy

Foothills Performing Arts Center Award
Junior Group Performance
The World Turned Upside Down: The Politics of Affirmitive Action
Merin Panthapattu, Jacqueline Yi, & Riddhi Patel, Felix V. Festa Middle School

The Freeman's Journal Award
Senior Individual Documentary
Sounds of Conflict: A Cultural Divide
Alexandra Rheinhardt, Cooperstown High School

GrafiQa Creative Services Excellence in Design Award
Junior Individual Exhibit
Equal Vote. Equal Voice
Lauren Reisig, Berner Middle School

National Archives and Records Administration Award
Junior Individual Exhibit
African-American Contribtions to the Civil War
Jasmine Chacko, Pearls Hawthorne School

Senior Group Documentary
Deaf President Now
Sonja Mueller, Rebecca Felt, & Kerkira Stockton, Holland-Patent Middle School

National Baseball Hall of Fame Award
Junior Group Exhibit
The Evolution of Women's Sports: Title IX
Bethany Demarco & Victoria Limbeck, Victor Junior High School

New York State Archives Partnership Trust Award
Junior Historical Paper
Safe Haven: The Undiscovered Story of the 982 Refugees who lived at the Emergency Shelter in Oswego, New York
Ryan Van Slyke, Eagle Hill Middle School

New York State Historical Association Award
Junior Group Documentary
The Storms of Ticonderoga
Umar Rivers, Rahmatullah Kareme, Khalafalla Osman, & Alaudeen Umar, An Nur Islamic School

SUNY-Fredonia Ethnic and Minority Studies Award
JUNIOR DIVISION
Winner - Group Exhibit
Success vs. Slavery - A Study in Colonial Slaveholding - The Philipse Family
Briana Vazquez, Christopher Beairsto, Arthur Wernham, Alina Torres, Samanda Willis, Family School 32

Honorable Mention - Individual Exhibit
Indian Removal Act of 1830: Seizing of a Nation's Land
Haleigh Hoebener, Westfield Middle School

SENIOR DIVISION
Winner - Group Exhibit
Behind Barbed Wire: The Conflict and Compromise of Japanese Internment
Anu Lingala, Sondra Lipshutz, & Allie Cutler, Clarkstown South Senior High School

Honorable Mention - Group Exhibit
It Took Nine Kids to Teach the World a Lesson: The Little Rock Nine
Helene Beauchemin, Nicole Safran, & Bincy Ouseph, Clarkstown South Senior High School

Upstate History Alliance Award Junior Group Documentary
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Matt O'Malley, Chris Lagreca, & Jack Beecher, Lewiston Porter Middle School

Women's History Award
Junior Historical Paper
Flying Second Class: The Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots
Valentina Viscardi, Berner Middle School

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.

For more information on New York State History Day, e-mail the State Coordinator at nyshistoryday@nysha.org, or visit the New York State History Day web site at www.nyshistoryday.org.

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.org

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