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Primary Sources History Day Competition at California University of PA

Primary Sources History Competition at California University of PA is designed for students who have a special interest in social studies and a willingness to research, create, and share a project they are passionate about. 

The competition gives local students an opportunity to develop as learners and to compete against one another and students from other area schools.  It also helps to prepare them for entry into the regional National History Day at the Pittsburgh (NHD PITT) competition, which is held at the Senator John Heinz History Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

School district commitments
School district superintendants and principals need to commit to support for the project.  There is a need to designate sponsor teachers for both the junior and senior levels.  Administrators need to support limited teacher release time and approve transportation for students to attend the competition.  Designated sponsor teachers will be responsible for learning the specifics of NHD competition and making time to mentor students to compete as well as accompany them to competitions.  Students need to commit to learning about NHD and commit to preparing entries for the competition.  Parents need to be informed so they can offer in-home support to students.  Informing parents about NHD will be the school district’s responsibility and each district will determine who in the district is most appropriate for assuring the information is conveyed to parents.

If you need more information, contact Lynne Berdar at 724-938-6025 or email her at berdar@calu.edu

Prior Years Primary Source Competitions

2014

The Teaching with Primary Sources department at California University of PA is holding its Seventh Annual Primary Source Day Competition
on February 19, 2014 at the Convocation Center on the campus of California University of PA.

To register please contaact Lynne Berdar at 724-938-6025

This year's theme is "Rights & Responsibilities"

 

2013

The Senator John Heinz History Center held its annual Kickoff event for the National History Day Pittsburgh 2013 regional contest on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.  The NHD theme for 2013 is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.

California University of Pennsylvania's Teaching with Primary Sources department helds its sixth annual Primary Source Day contest on February 4, 2013 on California University of PA's campus in the Convocation Center. The contest is modeled after National History Day in terms of entry options and student division.

Primary Source History Day Competition at California University of PA is designed for students who have a special interest in social studies and a willingness to research, create, and share a project they are passionate about. The competition also gives local students an opportunity to develop as learners and to compete against students from their own and other area schools.  It also helps to prepare them for entry into the regional National History Day contest at the Pittsburgh (NHD PITT), which is held at the Senator John Heinz History Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

Following are links to the students web pages designed for the Primary Source History Day competition at Cal U.

Sputnik - http://89224984.nhd.weebly.com/

Broken Spirit: The Whiskey Rebellion and the Demise of the Federalist Party - http://99200536.nhd.weebly.com/

The Gentleman's Agreement: The Color Line Comes to Baseball - http://32496102.nhd.weebly.com/

 

 

 

2012

California University of Pennsylvania held its fifth annual Primary Source History Day competition on February 13, 2012.

There were students from Belle Vernon, Charleroi, Trinity, Sewickly Academy, and Uniontown at this year's competition. The theme for this year's competition was "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History".

Senator John Heinz History Center Regional Competition is March 3rd & 4th, 2012

National History Day in Pennsylvania (State Competition) is May 4th & 5th, Cumberland Valley High School, Mechanicsburg, PA

The 2012 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest will be held June 10 - 14, Univeristy of Maryland, College Park

 

Following are links to the students web pages designed for the Primary Source History Day competition at Cal U.

The Whiskey Rebellion: A Revolutionizing Tax  -  http://44363370.nhd.weebly.com/

The Abandonment of Fort Duquesne  -  http://95906725.nhd.weebly.com/annotated-bibliograpy.html

 

2011

Young historians attended the fourth annual California University of Pennsylvania Primary Sources History Day on February 14, 2011.

Sponsored by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program in collaboration with the Department of History and Political Science, the event is modeled after the National History Day Competition.

This year's contest mirrored the National History Day theme, which is "Debate and Diplomacy in History: Success, Failures and Controversy".

 

The following link is for a group performance from Bellmar Middle School on "An Uncertain Future: The Impact of the Fugitive Slave Act on the Underground Railroad".  This performance took 2nd place at the Heinz History National History Day Competition. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5pirsMRvs4

 

Following are links to the students web pages designed for the regional National History Day Competition.

The Clovis Debate - Carly Sonafelt, Nicole Selio - Bellmar Middle School

Curt Flood - Jared Zadronzy, Nolan Stulock, Billy Burrows - Bellmar Middle School

Rosa Parks - Kaitlin Slagus - Bellmar Middle School

Washington's Surrender at Fort Necessity - Vita Capozzi - Bellmar Middle School

Lincoln Douglas Debates - Ryan Popovec - Bellmar Middle School

Frederick Douglas - Bellmar Middle School

Gettysburg Battle - Bellmar Middle School

Antietam - Bellmar Middle School

2010

Education and history intersected when 110 eighth grade students from Belle Vernon Area, Charleroi, Ringgold and Uniontown Area school districts competed in the third annual Primary Sources History Day contest in the Natali Performance Center at California University of PA.

First, second and third place medals were award in junior and senior divisions for outstanding exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites and research papers. All participants received framed certificates.

Judges and event volunteers included Cal U history and education students, University faculty, current and retired educators, and community members who belong to local historical societies.

2009

Middle and Secondary school students took part in the regional National History Day contest, held at California University of PA. The event is sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services' Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program.

2008

Education and History intersected when eighth grade students from Belle Vernon’s Bellmar Middle School (BMS) and Charleroi Area Middle School  (CMS) recently competed in the first-ever, Cal U-sponsored National History Day (NHD) competition.  

Thirty-one students from Bellmar and five students from Charleroi entered the pilot program contest, which was modeled after the acclaimed National History Day competition.  The 26 entries consisted of both individual and group projects in the following categories: Exhibits (17); Papers (6); Websites (2); and, a Performance (1). 

Judging the entries were: Dr. Andrae Marak, History and Political Science Department Chairperson and Assistant Professor; Dr. Clarissa Confer, Assistant Professor, History and Political Science Department; Mr. Nick Roberts, Instructional Specialist, Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program, and Dr. Michael J. Brna, Director, Library of Congress TPS program.  Assisting judges were Mrs. Donna Hoak, TPS Administrative Assistant, and Mr. Daniel Eyrolles, Secondary Education Social Studies major.

The project was spearheaded by the Library of Congress TPS department and supported by the History and Political Science and Secondary Education departments.  Sponsoring Bellmar and Charleroi teachers came to campus in October, 2007, to receive orientation to the concept and discuss ways to implement the contest into the school curriculums.  Mr. Ross Farmer was the BMS sponsor teacher and Ms. Jennifer Daum and Mrs. Laura Piecknick were the CMS sponsor teachers.  Principal Steven Russell from Bellmar was also instrumental to integrating the project into the BMS curriculum.

National History Day Regional Competition at Heinz History Center

Senator John Heinz History Center will hold its Regional Competition on March 1st & 2nd, 2014.

 

For more information please visit:  http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/secondary.aspx?id=262