Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Students Win at 2017 Connecticut History Day State Contest - Move on to Nationals in June

For Immediate Release
May 2, 2017
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov

Photo Credit: Rick Harrington
New Britain – On Saturday, April 29 over 400 history-loving students competed at the 2017 Connecticut History Day State Contest for a chance to represent the state at the 2017 National History Day® Contest at the University of Maryland in June. The contest, where over 70 Connecticut schools were represented, took place at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

Full results from the 2017 CHD State Contest can be found here.

Middle and high school students who placed within the top two in their category are eligible to compete at the NHD Contest – with third place finishers acting as alternates. The students were required to relate their project to this year’s national theme: Taking a Stand in History. CHD students may work individually or in groups within the five History Day categories: Papers, Documentaries, Exhibits, Websites, and Performances. At the end of the contest, the First Company Governor’s Foot Guard kicked-off the Awards Ceremony with a rousing performance. CHD State Coordinator Rebecca Taber-Conover and Education Commissioner Dr. Dianna Wentzell were on hand to present medals and awards. Additionally over twenty special prizes, sponsored by numerous museums and non-profit organizations from across the state, were presented to students.
 
Connecticut History Day is an affiliate program of National History Day®. The program is led by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) with support from the Connecticut State Department of Education, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, the Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Explored Magazine, and ConnecticutHistory.org. To learn more about CHD, visit the program’s website www.historydayct.org and follow CHD on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Connecticut History Day Students Compete for Trip to National Contest: 400 Middle & High School Students Participating | Saturday, April 29 at CCSU

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April 19, 2017
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov



New Britain – On Saturday, April 29 over 400 history-loving students will compete for a chance to represent the state at the 2017 National History Day® Contest when they present their projects at the annual Connecticut History Day (CHD) State Contest taking place at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.
Middle and high school students who placed within the top three in their category at one of the state’s six regional contests will be competing at the day-long event where over 70 Connecticut schools will be represented. Participants, who have spent months researching and developing projects based on an historical topic of their choice, will present their work to teams of volunteer judges consisting of museum professionals, educators, historians and history lovers.

Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to participate in Connecticut History Day (CHD) and must relate their project to this year’s national theme: Taking a Stand in History. CHD students may work individually or in groups within the five History Day categories: Papers, Documentaries, Exhibits, Websites, and Performances. Students whose projects place within the top two in their category at the CHD State Contest will be invited to represent Connecticut at the National History Day® Contest taking place at the University of Maryland in June. Additionally, over twenty special prizes sponsored by numerous museums and non-profit organizations from across the state will be presented to students at the CHD Awards Ceremony taking place 3:30 p.m. in Welte Auditorium on the CCSU campus. The First Company Governor’s Foot Guard will kick-off the ceremony with a rousing performance. CHD State Coordinator Rebecca Taber-Conover, Education Commissioner Dr. Dianna Wentzell and CCSU History Professor Dr. Matthew Warshauer will be on hand to present awards to students.
Participants will begin presenting their projects at 9:30 a.m. Most of the judging will take place in the Social Sciences building, with the exception of the Exhibit Competition which is taking place in Davidson Hall. The public and media are welcome to watch website, performance, and documentary presentations throughout the morning – as well as sit in on the two paper seminars taking place at 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. The Exhibit Hall will open to the public at 12:30 p.m. Judging will conclude by 2:30 p.m. Central Connecticut State University will be providing campus tours to parents and students throughout the day and Hartford-based artist Tang Sauce will perform his unique sound of old school hip-hop flow with new school perspective at 2:15 p.m. near the Dance Performance Building.

Connecticut History Day is an affiliate program of National History Day®. The program is led by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) with support from the Connecticut State Department of Education, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, the Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Explored Magazine, and ConnecticutHistory.org. To learn more about CHD, visit the program’s website www.historydayct.org and follow CHD on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Local High School & Middle School Students to ‘Take a Stand’ at Hartford History Day Contest: March 25 at Capital Community College

***Results Now Available***

Hartford – Nearly 300 Hartford-area middle and high school students will participate in the annual Hartford Regional History Day Contest set to take place at Capital Community College on Saturday, March 25. Volunteer judges will assess original student exhibits, performances, documentaries, websites and papers and send the top three projects from each category to the State History Day Contest where they will compete against winners from the state’s five other regional contests. The public and media are invited to attend the competition and view student projects between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. At 12:45 p.m. Tammy Denease will provide a living history performance for attendees as she portrays the life of African-American aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman. An Awards Ceremony is scheduled to take place at 1:45 p.m. – State Representative Edwin Vargas will be on hand to honor student winners.
Students representing towns and cities in the Hartford area will be participating in the March 25th contest. A list of participating towns can be found here (scroll down to Hartford).
Participants will begin presenting to teams of judges at 9:30 a.m. Signage will be displayed within the school’s halls, directing attendees where to go for particular contests. The teams of judges – consisting of local educators, historians and history lovers – will review the projects and choose the top three in each category. More information about the day’s events, including the schedule, can be found here at the program’s website. Financial support for the Hartford Regional Contest is provided by Connecticut Humanities.
Students, who have now spent months developing their projects, based their entries on this year’s National History Day® theme, Taking a Stand in History.  Participants work alone or in groups and enter their project into one of five History Day categories: exhibits, documentaries, website, paper, and performance. The State History Day Contest is scheduled to take place at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Saturday, April 29.
Results from the Hartford Regional Contest will be posted to the Connecticut History Day website, www.historydayct.org, on Monday, March 27. For more information on the contest and the program, contact CHD State Coordinator Rebecca Taber-Conover at 860.522.6766 ext. 11 or rebecca.taber-conover@cga.ct.gov.
Connecticut History Day is an affiliate program of National History Day (NHD)®.  It is led by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) with support from the Connecticut State Department of Education, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, the Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Explored Magazine, and ConnecticutHistory.org.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

300 Fairfield County Students to ‘Take a Stand’ at History Day Contest: Saturday, March 18 at Sacred Heart University

***Results Now Available***

Fairfield – Nearly 300 middle and high school students will participate in the annual Fairfield Regional History Day Contest set to take place at Sacred Heart University on Saturday, March 18. Volunteer judges will assess original student exhibits, performances, documentaries, websites and papers and send the top three projects from each category to the State History Day Contest where they will compete against winners from the state’s five other regional contests. The public and media are invited to attend the competition and view student projects between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. An Awards Ceremony is scheduled to take place at 2:45 p.m., where the Coastal Chordsmen will be on hand to perform before students are honored with awards and prizes. State Representative Laura Devlin will be on hand to honor winning students.

Students representing towns and cities in the Fairfield area will be participating in March 18th contest. A list of towns being represented at this contest can be seen here.

Participants will begin presenting to teams of judges at 9:30 a.m. Signage will be displayed around the campus, directing attendees where to go for particular contests. The teams of judges – consisting of local educators, historians and history lovers – will review the projects and choose the top three in each category. The contest is being coordinated with the assistance of Sacred Heart University’s Department of History and Department of Communication and Media Arts. Financial support for the Fairfield contest has been provided by the National Veterans Service Fund and the Retired Teachers of Fairfield County.

Students, who have now spent months developing their projects, based their entries on this year’s National History Day® theme, Taking a Stand in History.  Participants work alone or in groups and enter their project into one of five History Day categories: exhibits, documentaries, website, paper, and performance. The State History Day Contest is scheduled to take place at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Saturday, April 29.

Results from the Fairfield Regional Contest will be posted to the Connecticut History Day website, www.historydayct.org, on Monday, March 20. For more information on the contest and the program, contact CHD State Coordinator Rebecca Taber-Conover at 860.522.6766 ext. 11 or rebecca.taber-conover@cga.ct.gov.

Connecticut History Day is an affiliate program of National History Day (NHD)®.  It is led by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) with support from the Connecticut State Department of Education, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, the Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Explored Magazine, and ConnecticutHistory.org.  

Monday, March 6, 2017

300 Students to "Take a Stand" at Annual Torrington History Day Regional Contest: Saturday, March 11 at Torrington High School

***Results Now Available***


Torrington – Nearly 300 middle and high school students will participate in the annual Torrington Regional History Day Contest set to take place at Torrington High School on Saturday, March 11. Volunteer judges will assess original student exhibits, performances, documentaries, websites and papers and send the top three projects from each category to the State History Day Contest where they will compete against winners from the state’s five other regional contests. The public and media are invited to attend the competition and view student projects between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. An Awards Ceremony is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. State Senator Kevin Witkos and State Representative Michelle Cook will be on hand to present students with awards and prizes.

Students representing towns and cities in the Torrington area will be participating in the March 11th contest. A list of participating towns can be found here.

Participants will begin presenting to teams of judges at 9:30 a.m. Signage will be displayed around the school, directing attendees where to go for particular contests. The teams of judges – consisting of local educators, historians and history lovers – will review the projects and choose the top three in each category. More information about the day’s events, including the schedule, can be found here at the program’s website.

Students, who have now spent months developing their projects, based their entries on this year’s National History Day® theme, Taking a Stand in History.  Participants work alone or in groups and enter their project into one of five History Day categories: exhibits, documentaries, website, paper, and performance. The State History Day Contest is scheduled to take place at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Saturday, April 29.The Torrington Regional Contest is supported by the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area. Financial support is provided by the Northwestern Connecticut Community Foundation.

Results from the Torrington Regional Contest will be posted to the Connecticut History Day website, www.historydayct.org, on Monday, March 13. For more information on the contest and the program, contact CHD State Coordinator Rebecca Taber-Conover at 860.522.6766 ext. 11 or rebecca.taber-conover@cga.ct.gov.

Connecticut History Day is an affiliate program of National History Day (NHD)®.  It is led by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) with support from the Connecticut State Department of Education, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, the Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Explored Magazine, and ConnecticutHistory.org.  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Connecticut’s Old State House Announces Spring 2017 Installments of Conversations at Noon

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For Immediate Release
March 1, 2017
Contact: Chris Zaccaro
chris.zaccaro@cga.ct.gov

Hartford – Connecticut’s Old State House in downtown Hartford has announced the next three installments of its popular and free lunchtime lecture series Conversations at Noon. Conversations at Noon is a monthly, hour-long program that is open to the public thanks to the support of Connecticut Humanities. Each program begins with a featured speaker that discusses a historical or civic-related theme and culminates with a panel discussion moderated by the Connecticut Network’s (CT-N) award-winning journalist Diane Smith. The March, April and May installments are as follows:

A Conversation with Retired Supreme Court Justice Peter T. Zarella
Tuesday, March 21 at noon
Peter T. Zarella served on the Connecticut Supreme Court for nearly 16 years until his retirement from the bench in December. During Zarella’s time on the state’s highest court, cases came before him that have shaped our modern society including the death penalty, gay marriage and eminent domain. On Tuesday, March 21 he’ll reflect on his experiences and decisions while serving on the Supreme Court when he sits down for a one-on-one conversation with CT-N’ s Diane Smith. 
  
Play Ball: America’s Favorite Pastime in Hartford
Tuesday, April 11 at noon 
Celebrate baseball’s return to Hartford on Tuesday, April 11 as Dr. Warren Goldstein, author of Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball, discusses the surprisingly modern culture of early professional baseball and Hartford’s history with America’s favorite pastime. Following Dr. Goldstein’s talk, the General Manager of the Hartford Yard Goats Tim Restall and Play-by-Play Announcer for UConn, NBC Connecticut Sports Anchor and host of Joe D and Gresh on WTIC-1080 Joe D’Ambrosio will step up to the plate to talk baseball today.

Lest They Perish: Refugee Resettlement in Connecticut
Tuesday, May 23 at noon
The debate about opening American doors to those fleeing war is nothing new. World War I was particularly traumatic for communities across the Middle East who, in addition to the human toll of the conflict, experienced widespread displacement due to forced relocation, mass migration, and targeted massacres. On Tuesday, May 23 join Yale Scholar Amy Fallas-Kerr as she highlights American efforts to alleviate these humanitarian crises and reviews the first large-scale philanthropic project in response to the plight of Armenians, Syrians and Greeks from 1915-1930. Following her talk, Fallas-Kerr will be joined by Homa Naficy from the Hartford Public Library for a discussion on the ongoing national debate and Connecticut’s efforts regarding refugees and immigration.

 
Located in historic downtown Hartford, Connecticut’s Old State House served as a seat of government for the Constitution State from 1796 to 1878. The museum is currently operating on its Regular Schedule: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Old State House Shop, located near the Food Court in State House Square, provides visitors an opportunity to purchase Connecticut, Hartford and Old State House-themed gifts, products and apparel. For more information on admission prices, school programs, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby follow Connecticut's Old State House on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit the museum's website at www.ctoldstatehouse.org.


 

Monday, February 27, 2017

200 Students to "Take a Stand" at Annual Mansfield History Day Regional Contest: Saturday, March 4 at Mansfield Middle School - RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE


***Results Now Available***

Mansfield, CT – Nearly 200 middle and high school students will participate in the annual Mansfield Regional History Day Contest set to take place at Mansfield Middle School on Saturday, March 4. Volunteer judges will assess original student exhibits, performances, documentaries, websites and papers and send the top three projects from each category to the State History Day Contest where they will compete against winners from the state’s five other regional contests. The public and media are invited to attend the competition and view student projects between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. An Awards Ceremony is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. State Senator Mae Flexer will be on hand to assist with presenting awards and prizes.
Students representing towns and cities in the Mansfield area will be participating in the March 4th contest. A list of participating towns can be found here, under the "Mansfield" category. Participants will begin presenting to teams of judges at 9:30 a.m. Signage will be displayed around the school, directing attendees where to go for particular contests. The teams of judges – consisting of local educators, historians and history lovers – will review the projects and choose the top three in each category. More information about the day’s events, including the schedule, can be found here at the program’s website.
Students, who have now spent months developing their projects, based their entries on this year’s National History Day® theme, Taking a Stand in History.  Participants work alone or in groups and enter their project into one of five History Day categories: exhibits, documentaries, website, paper, and performance. The State History Day Contest is scheduled to take place at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Saturday, April 29.
Results from the Mansfield Regional Contest will be posted to the Connecticut History Day website, www.historydayct.org, on Monday, March 6. For more information on the contest and the program, contact CHD State Coordinator Rebecca Taber-Conover at 860.522.6766 ext. 11 or rebecca.taber-conover@cga.ct.gov.
Connecticut History Day is an affiliate program of National History Day (NHD)®.  It is led by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) with support from the Connecticut State Department of Education, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, the Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Explored Magazine, and ConnecticutHistory.org.