History Day in CT
The Fairfield Museum supports teachers and students interested in Connecticut History Day, part of the National History Day program for students in grades 6-12. The 2016 theme is:
Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.
The nationwide competition is an excellent way for students to independently study historical issues, ideas, people and events that they are passionate about. History Day is about the journey! Students who participate develop communication and critical thinking skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.
What is History Day? After selecting a historical topic that relates to the theme, students conduct extensive research and choose a category for their project (see below). Students present their research projects at district and state competitions. Winners of the state contests take part in the National Contest at the University of Maryland!
Connecticut History Day Workshops
A Dialogue Between Historians and History Day Participants
Saturday, February 6, 10am – 12:30pm at the Fairfield Museum & History Center
Thank You to our Participating Historians: Daniel J. Broyld, Ph.D., Central CT State University; Christopher Collier, Ph.D., Connecticut State Historian (1984 – 2004) and University of Connecticut; Rob Nelson, Housatonic Community College; Charlotte Gradie, Ph.D., Sacred Heart University, Jackson Kuhl, historian; Jennifer McLaughlin, Sacred Heart University; and Donald Rogers, Central Connecticut State University and Housatonic Community College.
Basic Category Information
Paper – composed of introduction, body, and conclusion
– between 1,500 and 2,500 words (including quotations)
– may use footnotes
– may have an appendix
– no process paper
Exhibit – visually appealing
– 500 word limit (not including quotations)
– incorporate a variety of photos, documents, materials/artifacts, and audio-visuals effectively
– size limit: 40 inches wide, 30 inches deep, and 6 feet high
– not limited to a tri-fold display
Performance – script should be focused around thesis
– script should include historical references, quotations, etc.
– multiple points of view are encouraged to be portrayed
– should be complete with appropriate costumes, blocking, and a set
Documentary – 10 minute time limit
– use film, audio, photos, video-editing software, and recording equipment effectively
– topic should have enough still-photos and video clips available
– interviews are highly encouraged to be included
Website – must be made using nhd.weebly.com
– 1200 word limit (not including quotations)
– should incorporate photos, videos, audio clips effectively
– utilize your understanding of design to effectively present your project