Oklahoma National History Day Contest Scheduled for May 3–4 at the Oklahoma History Center
OKLAHOMA CITY — National History Day is more than an academic exercise for thousands of Oklahoma junior high and high school students; it is a tradition. On May 3 and 4, more than 500 6th through 12th grade students will present their exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites and papers at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City for the opportunity to advance to the National History Day contest held each summer at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Oklahoma National History Day is part of National History Day, a highly regarded academic program for 6th through 12th grade students with more than 500,000 students taking part annually. Students from across the state choose historical topics related to an annual theme and conduct extensive research at libraries, archives, museums and historic sites. Student scholars use their research to draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history and present their work at regional and state contests in hopes of qualifying for the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest each June at the University of Maryland at College Park. National History Day also provides educational services to students and teachers, including a summer internship program, curricular materials and Internet resources, and annual teacher workshops and training institutes.
State competitors were identified from a pool of contestants at regional contests throughout the state. First- and second-place winners at the state competition will advance to the National History Day contest, set for June 11–15. Prizes are awarded at all levels, including more than $150,000 in scholarships for national winners.
The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.