Monday, April 21, 2014

History Takes Over Connecticut: 2014 History Day State Contest

History Takes Over Connecticut:
2014 History Day State Contest

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman & National History Day Exec. Director Dr. Cathy Gorn to Attend

For Immediate Release
April 21, 2014
Contact: Rebecca Taber-Conover
(860) 522-6766
The History Day in Connecticut State Contest will be taking place on Saturday, April 26 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. This year, over 400 students from across the state will participate in the annual contest that determines who will move on and represent Connecticut at this year’s National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland.

Last year, the Connecticut delegation made a statement at the National Contest by finishing with two second place medals, one third place medal, a George Washington Leadership in History Prize, two Outstanding Entry Awards and one four-year scholarship to the University of Maryland.

For the past several months, 4,000 Connecticut students in grades 6-12 have prepared history research projects based on this year’s National History Day theme of Rights and Responsibilities in History. Those who placed in the top three in a category at each Regional Contest were invited to compete in the State Contest. The categories for History Day include Research Paper, Website, Exhibit, Performance or Documentary. The Junior Division consists of students in grades 6-8 and the Senior Division consists of students in grades 9-12. 

Connecticut Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and the Executive Director of National History Day, Dr. Cathy Gorn, will be on hand to meet students and assist with the presentation of awards. Those students who place in the top two in each category will move on to the National Competition in June. Over twenty other special prizes sponsored by a variety of organizations will also be awarded.

This year’s State Contest will begin with a Welcoming Ceremony at 9 a.m. The presentations and judging will be taking place in the Social Sciences Building and the Constitution Room in Memorial Hall.  The day will culminate with a grand Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in Welte Auditorium. The First Company Governor’s Foot Guard Band will kick off the ceremony with patriotic songs.  You can view a map of the CCSU campus here.

History Day in Connecticut is one of 54 affiliate programs of National History Day. It is sponsored by Connecticut’s Old State House with support from the Connecticut Historical Society, the League of History Organizations and Major funding is provided by Connecticut Humanities. For more information on History Day in Connecticut, contact Rebecca Taber-Conover, State Coordinator for History Day in Connecticut, at or (860) 522-6766. For media related inquiries, contact Chris Zaccaro at or (860) 246-1553 ext. 116.

Learn more about History Day in Connecticut by visiting its webpage or by liking its Facebook page. The National History Day website may be viewed at