Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s history department will host this year’s National History Day regional competition, an exhibition of high school and middle school students’ historical research, on Friday.
Close to 200 students from Indiana and five neighboring counties will display their research, including historical papers, documentaries, websites and performances, in the Hadley Union Building. The exhibits will be judged by faculty members and advanced students in IUP’s history department. Winners of this daylong competition will compete at the state level in Mechanicsburg.
More than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, will participate in the National History Day contest. Students chose historical topics related to the theme “Turning Points in History” and conducted research using primary and secondary sources.
Participating teachers and students were invited to visit campus last semester for a day of orientation and investigation. Students were guided through the process of the competition by faculty members and given the chance to conduct research with help from IUP librarians.
“The students worked with IUP librarians to try out their topics and begin their research using the libraries’ extensive collections of historical and archival materials,” IUP librarian Theresa McDevitt said.
“During their library time, the students made contact with librarians who continued to assist students with projects even after they left campus.”
In addition to acting as judges, IUP librarians will provide tours of the IUP library’s Special Collections and Archives and the University Museum’s “In Sisterhood” exhibit to History Day visitors.
Students can also participate in an “Acting Out History” workshop sponsored by the IUP Department of Theater and Dance as well as an ROTC historical re-enactment.