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.
On the second Wednesday of the month from September 2019 through January 2020, students can participate in meetings designed to assist students in researching and developing their project. Upcoming History Day Club meetings will take place 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Manatee County Public Library, downtown location, 1301 1st Ave W, Bradenton, on the following dates:
September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11, and January 8
The October 9 History Day Club meeting will feature Katie Fleck, research librarian of Manatee County Public Library System (MCPLS), who will introduce students to MCPLS resources and students can sign up for library cards.
The November 13 History Club Day meeting will feature Melissa Gerome from the University of Florida Digital Collections with an overview of their online database of historical documents.
Participation is free and registration is not required. Students may attend any History Day Club meeting regardless of their involvement in previous meetings. Teachers, parents, and guardians are welcome to attend. Students must be picked up or have a guardian with them no later than 7:40pm. The library closes promptly at 8:00pm.
View Local Competition Information here: MHD local competition information 2019.pdf
For information on participating as a student or teacher in Manatee History Day, volunteering as a judge, or becoming a sponsor please visit: https://www.manateeclerk.com/departments/historical-resources/manatee-history-day/