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Michigan Students Receive Top Honors For History
Forty-three Michigan students received honors for their outstanding history projects at Michigan History Day on Saturday, April 26.
The annual event is sponsored by the Historical Society of Michigan and was held this year at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.
The state-level Michigan History Day competition was held on April 26th in Allendale, this year's theme was Rights and Responsibilities in History.
Michigan History Day's ultimate goal is to kindle an appreciation of the past among students of today.
Regional competitions are first held in our 10 MHD regions. Winners of these regional competitions go on the Michigan History Day state competition scheduled this year in Allendale. Please contact your regional coordinator listed below for entry information.
Historical Society of Michigan
1305 Abbott Rd.
E. Lansing, MI 48823
email: [email protected]
Michigan Historical Museum
717 W. Allegan St.
Lansing, MI 48918-1800
email: [email protected]
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Financial Support Generously Provided by:
The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
The Frederick S. Upton Foundation
The Michigan Labor History Council
Holland Area Historical Society
Our thanks to these sponsors of Special Student Prizes at Michigan History Day 2003:
For Best Entries in:
Science & Technology: Lawrence Technological University
Use of Primary Sources: Michigan Archival Association
Use of Oral History: Michigan Oral History Association
Family History: Michigan Genealogical Association
Michigan Women's History - Michigan Women's Studies Association
Transportation History - Michigan Roundtable, Lexington Group in Transportation
Great Lakes Maritime History - Association for Great Lakes Maritime History
Michigan History 1865-Present - Friends of Michigan History
Labor History - Michigan State AFL-CIO Labor Council
Innovation in History - Siemens Corporation
Best Entry Overall - The Historical Society of Michigan
Eight Michigan students received medals for their outstanding history projects at the 2002 National History Day last June held outside Washington DC. Another six students placed in the top 14 nationally. The students were among fifty other Michigan students that were finalists at Michigan History Day last April and had won a berth at the national competition.
The Historical Society of Michigan sponsors Michigan student participation in National History Day each year. Students begin by competing in one of nine regional competitions throughout Michigan and successful entrants then moved on to the state competition, held last year in Lansing. Winners of Michigan History Day go on to the National History Day event.
The 2002 State Finals were held in Lansing last April at the Michigan Historical Center. The complete press release detailing last year's competition is available by clicking here.
View last year's state-level Michigan History Day winners by clicking here.
Michigan History Day and its regional and state compeitions are part of the National History Day (NHD) competition. State finalists go on to the national competition. To review the NHD Contest Rulebook online, click for a PDF version here, or you can view the rulebook in your browser by clicking for an HTML version here.
Michigan History Day offers a fascinating opportunity to move social science beyond rote learning. Students perform self-directed research on an individually chosen topic. They then present their work through the allied disciplines of art, literature, music, drama, and visual communications, in addition to writing. The projects grow; participants are encouraged to expand and improve their work between each state of competition.