Young Historians Prepare for Annual History Day Competition

Across the country, students are learning about the historical process through their participation in National History Day. Young historians from Stanislaus County are no exception, and students are gearing up for Stanislaus County History Day, slated for January 28, 2023, at Creekside Middle School (535 Peregrine Drive, Patterson). The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end with an awards ceremony at 1:00 p.m. inside the gymnasium.  More than 100 4th-12th grade Stanislaus County students are expected to participate in the day-long event.

National History Day is an academic program that introduces students to the study of history by having them conduct original research and create projects that range from papers and exhibits to performances, documentaries, podcasts, and websites. “History Day encourages our youth to explore local, state, national, and world history,” said Cheryl Goulart, Event Coordinator at SCOE. “Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year the theme is “Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.”  

For many students, these projects are their first experience researching and creating historical work using both primary and secondary sources. They are introduced to the skills of distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, evaluating sources, and placing those sources in a broader context. Students present their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances.

Stanislaus County History Day is sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and Patterson Unified School District.  Cheryl Goulart, Student Events Program Manager from SCOE, and Sheila Myers, Secondary Curriculum Director from Patterson Unified School District, are coordinating the event.  They will join more than 30 volunteers who will judge or assist with the competition.   

The top three winners from each division and category will have the opportunity to represent Stanislaus County at National History Day – California on April 15-16, 2023, at California State University Sacramento.

Students from the following schools are slated to participate Agnes Baptist Elementary, Apricot Valley Elementary, Bonita Elementary, Creekside Middle, Grayson Elementary, Hurd Barrington Elementary, Modesto High, Patterson High, Prescott Junior High, Von Renner Elementary, Walnut Grove, and Yolo Middle.                 

Date Published: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2023