Manatee History Day is the local affiliate of National History Day (NHD), a nationwide contest designed to interest students in history and encourage them to learn about history through primary research. Instead of reading about a historical person or event in a textbook, students are asked to do research in the documents or materials produced during that time period. Students use such sources as newspapers, diaries, letters, photographs, government records, and oral history interviews to answer questions about the past. Then, they can choose how they will present their information. Research papers, documentaries, exhibit boards, web sites and dramatic performances are the five kinds of entries that are accepted for competition. Through research and analysis of their information, students make the past come alive.
For information on participating as a student or teacher in Manatee History Day, volunteering as a judge, or becoming a sponsor please visit: http://www.manateeclerk.com/historical/HistoryFair.aspx