Maryland History Day 2010

The Maryland Historical Trust is again partnering with Maryland History Day by sponsoring the annual Special Prize in Historic Preservation at the state History Day competition on April 24, 2010 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The Maryland Historical Trust prize is awarded to student projects that successfully recognize and encourage the protection, use and appreciation of Maryland’s diverse history. Projects should focus on resources such as historic buildings, artifacts or objects, historic districts, landscapes, and land and underwater archeology sites.

Projects might include research on historic battlefields, industrial buildings like mills or canning and packing houses, archeological evidence of Native American settlements, historic schools, or historic ships. There are many more possibilities for research on historic preservation through museums and historical societies.

Photo: Winners of the 2009 Maryland History Day Prize in Historic Preservation were honored at the 2009 Maryland Preservation & Revitalization Conference in Baltimore.  Photo Courtesy of Preservation Maryland/Photo by Richard Lippenholz.

Maryland History Day, a program of the Maryland Humanities Council, is an engaging, year-long educational program that involves over 16,500 students statewide. Students research, analyze, and develop a project based on historic events and people and present their findings in one of five formats – a research paper, exhibit, documentary, performance, or website. At competitions at the local, state, and national levels, students showcase their work and vie for cash prizes, scholarships, and special awards.

Winners of the Historic Preservation award have appeared before the Maryland Historical Trust board and were honored at the 2009 preservation conference. Other History Day winners have been featured at local museums and historical societies, before the Maryland General Assembly, and at local community organizations.

There are a number of ways you can participate in Maryland History Day and make a difference in the lives of students, teachers, and schools:
* Work with History Day students and teachers by providing sources for research, help with the research process, tips on designing an exhibit, or advice on how to conduct an oral history interview.
* Join hundreds of scholars, librarians, and researchers from across the state and serve as a judge at local and state contests.
* Host History Day projects at your institution or organization.

More information about Maryland History Day, is at http://www.mdhc.org/programs/maryland-history-day/, and to learn how to get involved, contact Judy Dobbs at jdobbs@mdhc.org.

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