Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Judges needed for Capital Region History Day competition

Are you interested in being a judge for this year’s regional National History Day (NHD) competition? The competition takes place on Saturday, March 24 at the New York State Museum from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. About 50 judges are needed. This year’s National History Day theme is “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.”

Please email by Friday, March 2nd if you would like to be a judge. If you know of someone else who might like to be a judge, please share this message with them.

If you are interested, and if you have a preference, please indicate what grade level and type of project you would like to judge. NYS Archives will do its best to meet your request. Choices for judging include: junior (grades 6-8) or senior division (grades 9-12); individual or group projects; and either papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, or web sites.

The best NHD judges have several common characteristics, they are:
kind, fair, listen well, and most importantly, are able to let the students be the experts for the day, no matter how uniquely they may have interpreted history!!!

All judges will work in teams. The time commitment for judges is from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Awards are usually announced at 3:00 PM. If you can stay for the award ceremony, it is well worth the extra time. The energy and excitement are infectious!

Food will be provided for all judges.

If you would like more information about National History Day, here’s a link to the National site ( and the New York site ( The New York site will provide more information about the regional competitions.

This is a fun, but intense experience for the students and for the judges. Please consider sharing your time on this exciting day.

From Emily Allen
Archives and Records Management Specialist II New York State Archives Archival Services
9B31 CEC
Albany, NY 12230
(518) 473-9984
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