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April 29, 2013

Hundreds to gather in Cooperstown for New York History Day

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Students from throughout the state will converge in Cooperstown today to compete in New York History Day.

According to a media release, a record number of nearly 500 middle and high schools students are expected to participate in the annual contest today.

Students will present their papers, documentaries, exhibits, websites and performances at locations around the village, including the Fenimore Art Museum, the Farmers’ Museum, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Otesaga Hotel. The day’s events will conclude with an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. at the Cooperstown Middle/High School.

New York State History Day, an educational outreach program of the New York State Historical Association, is a yearlong history education program that challenges students in sixth through 12th grade to produce “exceptional scholarship” on topics related to an annual theme. This year’s theme is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” Students present their projects to a panel of judges in a series of competitions starting at the local level.

For the state competition in Cooperstown, nearly 100 historians and educators from across the state serve as judges. Their evaluations help students who advance to the next round revise their entries. Students who place first and second in their categories are eligible to compete at National History Day in College Park, Md., in June.

Members of the public are 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,

New York State History Day is supported in part by the History Channel and the New York Council for the Humanities.

For more information on New York State History Day, email the coordinator at, or visit the New York State History Day website at