Ohio Students to Compete in National History Day District Event

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Join students grades 6-12 from Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Perry, Pickaway, and Union counties as they participate on March 10 in the district program for National History Day in Ohio, an exciting competition that encourages young people to submit imaginative exhibits, original performances, documentaries, web sites and papers related to this year’s theme, “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.”  On March 10, the public is invited to view and listen to students’ projects and to observe the judging and award ceremony at Otterbein University from 9am- 2pm.  This event will decide which students move on to the state competition.

“National History Day not only teaches students history content, but also important skills they will use in college and future careers,” said Mary Bezbatchenko, state coordinator for National History Day in Ohio at the Ohio Historical Society. “It’s always exciting to see the hard work and creativity the students put into their projects.”

Students participate in History Day events at the district, state and national levels.  Historians, educators and professionals in related fields evaluate students’ work in each state.  Winners from district events will compete against 600 entries in the state event April 28 at Ohio Union on the OSU Campus in Columbus.  Around fifty will be selected to compete at National History Day, June 10-14, University of Maryland.

Originally sponsored by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1970s, History Day with its competitions, awards and educational activities, has grown into a national event, which was recently awarded the prestigious 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony, February 13. Dr. Cathy Gorn, executive director of NHD, accepted the award. Also present at the White House ceremony as a National History Day Trustee and past National Chairman, was Richard Prasse, current President of the Ohio Historical Society Board of Trustees.

National History Day in Ohio is co-sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society and funded in part by contributions from Cargill Deicing, Toledo Community Foundation, Porter Wright, the Junior League of Columbus, and Motorist Insurance Group Foundation.

For more information about the district event, please contact Mary Bezbatchenko, State Coordinator, National History Day in Ohio, 614.297.2528, mbezbatchenko@ohiohistory.org.

About the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio History Center 

Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society (OHS) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archeology and natural history. The society has about 1.6 million items in its collections throughout its 58 sites and within its 250,000-square-feet Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. (Exit 111 off Highway I-71), Columbus, Ohio, 43211. The Society receives a portion of its funding from the state, but relies on admission fees, memberships, grants, donations and other forms of revenue to continue to serve Ohioans in the future. For information regarding the Society, contact Jane M. Mason, Director of Marketing and Communications, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2312, jmason@ohiohistory.org.

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