Southern Connecticut State University
On Sunday, March 24, 2019, Connecticut students will make history by participating in Connecticut History Day! Approximately 185 middle and high school students will share performances, documentaries, exhibits and more during the New Haven Regional Contest at Southern Connecticut State University. Students whose projects win the top awards will advance to the Connecticut History Day State Contest on May 4, 2019, at Central Connecticut State University. The students’ hard work will be on display to teachers, judges, parents, and members of the public throughout the morning and into the early afternoon.
Students at the New Haven contest represent the city of New Haven and surrounding towns: Wallingford, East Haven, Milford, and Southbury. Students will present their projects to judging teams beginning at 9:30 a.m. The judges -- "educators, historians, and history lovers" -- will review the projects and choose the top three.
At 1 p.m., actress Tammy Denease will portray Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license, in a living history performance.
For more information about the day’s events (including the schedule), check out: www.historydayct.org/new-haven.
The Regional Contest is the culmination of months of intense study and project development. Early in the school year, students choose topics related to the theme of Triumph & Tragedy in History and work hard conducting research, interviewing experts, and shaping their findings into sound historical arguments. Working alone or in groups, students use their research to create projects in one of six categories: exhibits, documentaries, websites, papers, or performances. At the Contest, they present their final projects and compete for spots at the State Contest.
While the CT Democracy Center (formerly the CT Public Affairs Network) runs the program, it is supported by organizations across the state. The New Haven Museum helps recruit students and judges in its region, and Southern Connecticut State University hosts the Contest. Wells Fargo provides support in the New Haven area and Connecticut Humanities helps fund the program statewide.
The winning students and entries from the New Haven Contest will be posted on the Connecticut History Day website www.historydayct.org. For more information, contact Rebecca Taber-Conover at 860.368.0738 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Khalil Quotap, New Haven Regional Coordinator at email@example.com.
The New Haven Regional Contest is one of six Connecticut History Day Regional Contests held in early spring. Students placing in the top three spots in each category and division (juniors- grades 6-8, seniors-grades 9-12) are invited to the Connecticut History Day State Contest on May 4, 2019, at Central Connecticut State University. Students that place in the top two at the State Contest are eligible to participate in the National History Day Contest, held in June at the University of Maryland.
Connecticut History Day is an affiliate program of National History Day (NHD). The Connecticut Public Affairs Network leads the program with support from the Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Explored Magazine, and ConnecticutHistory.org.