Manatee History Day
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Join the Manatee History Day Club!
Want to get a taste of the History Fair? Join us in person or digitally for History Day Club!
Location: 1404 Manatee Avenue East (SR 64) , Bradenton, FL. 34208.
In-person club meetings are limited to 25 persons. We will wear masks and use proper social distancing to keep everyone safe!
Join us digitally via Zoom. We'll send you a link the day after each meeting. Please email us beforehand at email@example.com so we can send you the login information. You'll still get the same information from the comfort of home (or wherever you are!).
In-person meetings are on the following Wednesdays:
• August 26, 2020 (5:30pm - 6:30pm)
• September 9, 2020 (5:30pm - 6:30pm)
• October 14, 2020 (5:30pm - 6:30pm)
• November 4, 2020 (5:30pm - 6:30pm)
• December 9, 2020 (5:30pm - 6:30pm)
*** Students who attend in person and are dropped off must be picked up no later than 6:45pm***
The first club meeting will be an introduction to the contest and this year’s theme. The remaining meetings will provide students with an opportunity to ask questions about their research or the contest rules.
Topics will include how to write a thesis statement, where to find reliable primary sources, tips for analyzing primary and secondary sources, how to create a strong annotated bibliography, and more!
*Middle School and High School students may participate as individuals or in groups of up to 5 students and might advance to State or National competitions if they choose to compete.*
*If a student is unable to attend a club meeting in person or via Zoom link, please reach out to us by email at or phone (941) 749-7165. We are happy to provide information and materials given out at the meeting.*
Please note: We've Changed Our Name! Manatee History Fair is now Manatee History Day!
Manatee History Day is the local affiliate of the National History Day (NHD) program. Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The theme for 2021 is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts & dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.
The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time. Instead of reading a textbook, students are asked to do research for information during that time period. Students use sources such as newspapers, diaries, letters, photographs, government records, and oral history interviews to answer questions about the past. Students present their findings in a creative way by making their own exhibit boards, dramatic performances, documentaries, websites, or research papers.