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Manatee County History Fair

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Are you ready for National History Day 2017?? We are! If you want to start talking about possible topics to fit this year's theme - Taking a Stand in History - or looking at sources for your research, make sure you stop by one of our "History Day Jump Start" sessions during June & July 2016. For specific days and times, click here. **THESE WORKSHOPS ARE HELD AT MANATEE VILLAGE HISTORICAL PARK IN THE WIGGINS GENERAL STORE AT 1404 MANATEE AVE E. BRADENTON, FL 34208**

Please note: We've Changed Our Name! Manatee County History Fair is now Manatee History Day!

Manatee History Day is the local affiliate of the National History Day (NHD) program. Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Taking a Stand in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.

NHD Theme Sheet: 2016-2017 Theme Sheet & Sample Topics: Taking a Stand in History

Use this document to gain a better understanding of this year's theme

Theme Book: 2016-2017 Theme Book Taking a Stand in History 

Excellent resource for teachers and students who wish to explore specific examples leadership analysis in history.

Local Contest Information:  MCHF local competition information.pdf   

Local Human Resources for Manatee History Day: Local Human Resources

MHD Student Workshops

Manatee History Day Student Workshops are a series of four discussions designed to help students prepare to work on a History Day project. This year, the four-part series will be held twice - Series A, and Series B. All MHD Student Workshops will be held at Manatee Village Historical Park, in the 1887 Church, at 6:00 pm, and lasts about one hour. No pre-registration is required for Manatee History Day Student Workshops.

MHD Student Workshop Series A– (Mid-August through Mid September)

  • Workshop I - Tuesday, August 23rd, 6:00 PM. Topics include: History Fair Overview, Topic Selection, Historical Context, Types of Sources
  • Workshop II - Tuesday, August 30th, 6:00 PM. Topics include: Bibliographies, Separating Sources, Thesis Development, Using the Internet for Research
  • Workshop III - Tuesday, September 6th, 6:00 PM. Topics include: Writing Your Process Paper, Presentation Styles/Categories, What Judges are Looking For
  • Workshop IV - Tuesday, September 20th, 6:00 PM. Question & Answer Session: Students should bring sources they are questioning or specific research struggles they would like help with

MHD Student Workshop Series B– (November)

  • Workshop I - Tuesday, November 1st, 6:00 PM. Topics include: History Fair Overview, Topic Selection, Historical Context, Types of Sources
  • Workshop II - Tuesday, November 8th, 6:00 PM. Topics include: Bibliographies, Separating Sources, Thesis Development, Using the Internet for Research
  • Workshop III - Tuesday, November 15th, 6:00 PM. Topics include: Writing Your Process Paper, Presentation Styles/Categories, What Judges are Looking For
  • Workshop IV - Tuesday, November 29th, 6:00 PM. Question & Answer Session: Students should bring sources they are questioning or specific research struggles they would like help with

****** No pre-registration is required for History Fair Student Workshops******


December 1, 2016 - Online Contest Registration Opens for Teachers

Limit of 5 entries per category per category This means that “Teacher X” can register up to:

 - 5 individual exhibit boards &5 group exhibit boards

 - 5 individual websites & 5 group websites

 - 5 individual documentaries & 5 group documentaries

 - 5 individual performances & 5 group performances

 - 5 historical papers (This historical paper category is only open to individuals.)

THESE LIMITS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. Please note: Middle School and High School students may participate as individuals or in groups of up to 5 students. They are also eligible to move up in the competition to the State and National levels. Fourth and fifth grade elementary school students may participate as part of a class project and are not eligible to advance past the local competition level. Unfortunately, we cannot accept individual and small group projects from elementary school competitors. 

For teacher log-in information please e-mail Manatee.Village@ManateeClerk.com.

January 20, 2017  -   Online Registration Closes

No late registrations will be accepted. THIS DEADLINE WILL NOT BE EXTENDED. Teachers must complete registration for all entries or the project cannot be judged.

Historical Papers Due at Manatee Village Historical Park or Manatee.Village@ManateeClerk.com. PAPERS SUBMITTED AFTER THIS DATE CANNOT BE JUDGED.

Historical Websites Due, no changes are allowed after this date. NHD Weebly URL’s are required as part of the electronic registration process and IF NOT INCLUDED BY THIS DATE, THE ENTRY CANNOT BE JUDGED.

February 11, 2017 - Documentary and Performance Judging at Manatee Village Historical Park

Students will be given an appointment time to present their documentary to a panel of judges. They must be present for their appointment and bring three (3) copies of their bibliographies and process papers. 

February 14, 2017 - Exhibit Board Drop-off at Manatee County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall from 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Drop off will be open from 3:00pm-8:00pm. Doors will be locked at 8:00 pm, and NO LATE DELIVERIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Anyone can bring the exhibit board in for the student. Three (3) copies of bibliographies and process papers must be dropped off at the boards by 8:00pm.

February 16, 2017 - Entry Pick-up at Manatee County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall from 4:00pm –7:00pm.

All category entrants can pick up their entry and judging sheets at the Manatee County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall during the exhibit board pick-up time. Entries MUST be picked up no later than 7:00pm. ANY REMAINING ENTRIES WILL BE DISCARDED. Any judging sheets not picked up will be returned to their teachers the following week.

Awards Ceremony in Kendrick Auditorium (at the Manatee County Fairgrounds) from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Please be advised: Entries for state team are selected from each category based on entry content, subject matter, and research conducted. Winning 1st or 2nd place does not guarantee selection to move on to the next level of competition.

State Team Meeting in Kendrick Auditorium (at the Manatee County Fairgrounds) from 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Mid-March -

Florida History Day Registrations, Special Prize Nominations, and Historical Papers due to State Office. Website entries locked for State Judging.

April 30 - May 2, 2017 -  Florida History Day competition in Tallahassee, FL 

June 15-17, 2017 - National History Day Competition in College Park, MD    

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