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Posted on February 12, 2014

New date: Feb. 26

Young historians are preparing for regional competition at the seventh annual California University of Pennsylvania Primary Source History Day Competition.

The competition is set for 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Convocation Center’s north conference wing.Sponsored by the University’s 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.  

The Teaching with Primary Sources program at Cal U is funded by a grant from the Library of Congress.

This year’s contest theme mirrors the National History Day theme, “Rights and Responsibilities.” Participants in junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) divisions will compete in both individual and group projects.

Cal U faculty members, students, Heinz History Center representatives and other community volunteers will judge exhibits, documentaries, websites, performances and historical research papers.  

Cal U student judges can include this service learning activity in their electronic LiveText portfolio, used by education majors to document their academic and professional development, leadership, and extracurricular accomplishments.  

All competitors receive certificates, and prizes will be awarded.

More than 90 students from the Belle Vernon Area, Trinity, Fort Cherry, Frazier, Monessen, Sewickley Academy and Uniontown Area schools will participate.

The regional competition, known as NHD Pitt, will be held March 1-2 at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Schools in Allegheny, Washington, Greene, Fayette, Westmoreland and Somerset counties will be represented.

For more information, call Lynne Berdar at the TPS office, 724-938-6025, or e-mail

Students talk with Dr. Ayanna N. Lyles at History Days.
 Dr. Ayanna N. Lyles (right) of Cal U’s Department of Health Science judges exhibits at last year’s Primary Source History Day Competition. More than 90 students from seven different school districts are expected at this year’s event.