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STUDENTS FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE STATE TO COMPETE IN COOPERSTOWN AT NEW YORK STATE HISTORY DAY ON APRIL 29

April 19, 2011

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STUDENTS FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE STATE TO COMPETE IN COOPERSTOWN AT NEW YORK STATE HISTORY DAY ON APRIL 29

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (04.19.2011) — On Friday, April 29, the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum will fill to capacity when over 400 middle and high school students from across New York State arrive to participate in the annual NewYork State History Day competition.

Judging of all entries begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs until early afternoon. Students will present their projects at various locations around Cooperstown, including the Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and The Otesaga Hotel. Nearly one hundred community members and individuals from across the state, consisting of historians and educators, will serve as judges for the event. The day’s events culminate in an awards ceremony at the Cooperstown High School 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. This year’s theme is Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences, and students from all 14 regions of New York State will present 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. Students placing first and second in their categories will be eligible to compete at National History Day in College Park, Maryland, in June.

The public is welcome to view the performance, documentary, and exhibition categories,held at designated sites. A schedule with locations and times is available on the program website (www.nyshistoryday.org).

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

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