Young historians share their research at Vermont History Day 2018

BARRE, Vt. – Vermont History Day is an exciting education program presented each year by the Vermont Historical Society that encourages students to develop research and critical thinking skills through the study of history. Vermont History Day is affiliated with National History Day. The state contest is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Montpelier High School.

The program is open to Vermont students in grades 5 through 12 and home study students ages 10 to 18. Working individually or in small groups up to 5 people, students choose a topic related to the National History Day annual theme, which in 2018 is “Conflict and Compromise.” The topic can relate to Vermont history, U.S. history, or world history. Students complete a variety of projects including exhibits, websites, dramatic performances, documentaries, and historic papers. Last year, over 300 student historians competed for the chance to attend the national contest in Washington, D.C. in June.

The entries at the state contest are judged by local historians, educators, and other professionals. Through their work, students gain a deeper understanding of how people, cultures, and events affect the course of history. Judging of entries for the state contest will take place from 10 a.m. – noon on April 7.

For additional information, contact Victoria Hughes, Museum and Education manager, at victoria.hughes@vermonthistory.org or 802-828-1413.

The Vermont Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, the Leahy Library and the Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre, and programming throughout the state. Established in 1838, its purpose is to reach a broad audience through outstanding collections and statewide outreach. The Vermont Historical Society believes that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities. Visit the Society’s website at www.vermonthistory.org.

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