For Immediate Release: March 18, 1999
Contacts: Mark Adams
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations


(Independence, Mo.) - Thirty-three Missouri students from the Greater Kansas City area earned a trip to the Missouri state finals in the National History Day competition by winning the regional competition on Saturday, March 13. These winners will compete in Columbia on April 10 for the chance to advance to the national finals.

The National History Day regional competition was held at the Harry S. Truman Library. More than 60 students from grades 6-12 representing several area schools participated in the regional competition. The Greater Kansas City, Missouri region included students from Carroll, Clay, Cass, Jackson, Johnson, Platte and Ray counties.

National History Day encourages students to use original sources, such as first-hand accounts and original documentation, to conduct historical research based on a theme. Students choose to present their research as a historical paper, table-top exhibit, media or dramatic performance. This year's competition theme is "Science, Technology and Invention in History."

The National History Day competition offers students the chance to win scholarships, certificates and prizes. In 1998, more than half a million students nationwide participated in this program.

"National History Day is a great way to encourage students to learn first hand about American history. The fact that students use original sources, rather than just reading facts in a book, brings the projects to life," said Mark Adams, Education Coordinator for the Truman Library.

The Missouri state competition will be held at the University of Missouri on Saturday, April 10. Winners will advance to compete in the national finals on June 13-17 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

For more information about National History Day, please contact Mark Adams at 816-268-8236 , or visit the Truman Library Web site at

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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