Like the mighty Terminator I am rising from the ashes of a year long hiatus to bring you the latest in New York State and National History Day. The last year has seen a return to school for That History Day Guy, but I have not been idle in my work in the Empire State. This past year saw the inclusion of Buffalo New York in the state contest, grants written on behalf of urban and rural areas, and we are very excited to announce that Fredonia College is offering the first for credit internship in History Day specifically dedicated to outreach to teachers and students.
This year promises to be a big one for us because we have just received a grant from The Eastern Region for Teaching with primary sources ( a program from the Library of Congress) to reach out to teachers both in central New York and all over the state.
But today we are at the Big Show.The National Contest. Students have begun to arrive at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Competition 2009. We have seen our friend Mr. History, met students from around the country and Europe, and have watched as excited kids set up exhibits for judging.
We will join about 53 students from around NYS at opening ceremonies at MaKeldin Mall at UM for the opening ceremonies. So I hope you will follow along as I will be updating live throughout the contest and every Friday for the next year detailing our efforts at bringing New York State History Day to as many students and teachers as we can!