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May 2, 2016

Contact: Sarah Dumas
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0785

Oklahoma History Center to Host Oklahoma National History Day Competition

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma History Center will host the annual state competition for Oklahoma National History Day (OKNHD). OKNHD is part of National History Day® (NHD) and is a highly regarded academic program for 6th through 12th grade students. It allows teachers the opportunity to incorporate an academic program that directly addresses Oklahoma Assessment Standards for the Social Studies with student-based projects. The 2016 OKNHD competition will be held on May 4–5 at the Oklahoma History Center. The first, second and third place winners of regional competitions held earlier this year are invited to compete. Students participate in one of five categories: documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites. Winners of this contest will represent Oklahoma at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park in June.

National History Day is a nonprofit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage more than half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.

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 and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 30 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.

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