Indiana History Day sponsors

The Hanover College History Department will host the Southeast Indiana Regional National History Day, Saturday, March 16. The event will feature more than 150 area middle- and high-school students competing in group and individual projects.

The National History Day in Indiana program is open to students in grades 5-12 and annually attracts more than 5,000 participants statewide. The competition provides a framework for students to create projects ranging from exhibits and documentaries to websites, reenactments and poster/paper exhibits. The event also provides a platform to present historical research at a regional, state and national level.

The theme for the 2019 event is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” The topic encourages students to think locally, nationally and globally about how people throughout history have dealt with success and failure.

More than 35 judges will assess the entries, including Hanover faculty and students, members of the Jefferson County Historical Society Board of Directors, area volunteers and faculty members from Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana State University. (Want to be a judge?)

Judging will begin at 9 a.m. in Classic Hall, with a session for public viewing from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Finalists will advance to the state level competition, held Saturday, April 13, in Indianapolis, Ind. State winners in grades 6-12 are eligible to compete at The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, which is slated for June 9-13 at College Park, Md.