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  • Local organizations support students during History Day

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  • COOPERSTOWN — The New York State Historical Association and the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown will host nearly 500 middle and high school students from all corners of New York, along with their teachers and parents, for New York State History Day on Monday, April 28.
    History will come alive for participants of History Day, a program dedicated to enhancing and improving the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools.
    Students in grades 6-12 produce 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.
    A growing annual contest, History Day uses space at five Cooperstown venues for students to present their papers, documentaries, exhibits, websites and performances. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Otesaga Hotel provide meeting rooms for the young scholars, in addition to Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers’ Museum. Cooperstown High School will be the site of the awards ceremony at 5 p.m.
    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 online at NYSHistoryDay.org.
    Nearly 100 historians and educators from across the state will serve as judges at the competition in Cooperstown. Their evaluations will 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, Md., in June.
    Special awards to students are sponsored by many organizations locally and from across New York, including the Abner Doubleday Civil War Roundtable, American Labor Studies Center, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Archives Partnership Trust, Bassett Healthcare Network, Cooperstown Graduate Program, Guided Tours of Cooperstown, Hanford Mills Museum, Museum Association of New York, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, National Maritime Historical Society, New York Council for the Humanities and the town of Middlefield Historical Association.
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