The District History Fair is Saturday, January 26


The Adams State University Department of History, Government and Philosophy will host the District History Fair, part of the National History Day Competition, Saturday, January 26. Check-in is from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m.; the contest runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in McDaniel Hall and the Student Union Building. The awards presentation begins at 1 p.m. in Carson Auditorium, located in the SUB.

During this year's fair, State Coordinator Kendra Black will conduct a workshop for teachers to assist them in incorporating History Day into their curricula.

"History Fair permits students to construct their own arguments about the past and to explore and construct learning about topics that interest them. And it allows them to show their excellent work to the judges and their peers," said Dr. Ed Crowther, Chair of the History, Government and Philosophy Department.

Crowther said he expects about 300 students from San Luis Valley, Lake City, and Salida Middle and High Schools to participate in the fair.

This year's theme is "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events." The students will compete in five categories: media, performance, papers, webpages, and projects. Winners will proceed to the State History Fair at University of Colorado Denver, on May 4.

According to, National History Day is not just a day. It's a year-long education program for grades 6-12. National History Day starts with regional and state contests that culminate at the national event every June.