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February 12, 2013 > History Day competition

History Day competition

Submitted By Al Minard

History Day competition, open to public, private, parochial and home schooled students 4th grade thru 12th grade, has now reached the county level of judging. Contestants enter as individuals or part of a group presenting a Museum Exhibit, Documentary Film, Dramatic Performance or Website. The theme for this year's History Day Project: "Turning Points In History: People, Ideas, Events." Winning History Day projects include a good bibliography, use extensive primary sources, and are both historically accurate and well presented.

Nearly 200 Local History Day participants will compete at Alameda County History Day at the Oakland Museum on February 23. Up to two winners are chosen in each category to move up to the State contest in Sacramento on April 25-28, 2013; up to 112 students could end up representing Alameda County. Two winners from each category will be chosen to represent California at the National Competition on June 10-14, 2013, at College Park, MD.

An awards ceremony at 3:45 p.m. will follow viewing of the entries including dramatic performances and documentaries from 12 noon - 3 p.m. and viewing museum exhibits between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Topics covered by History Day include, of course, politics and wars, but also fashion, music, inventions, foods, disasters and many other subjects. One of the often covered subjects is Executive Order 9066. I believe that almost every History Day competitor understands Executive Order 9066. Do you?

History Day
Saturday, Feb 23
12 noon - 4 p.m.
Oakland Museum
1000 Oak St., Oakland
(510) 301-7628

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