or Dean Davison
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations
The Greater Kansas City, Missouri region for the National History Day competition includes students from Carroll, Clay, Cass, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties. This year's competition is based on the theme "Migration in History." Students are expected to use original sources, such as first-hand accounts and original documentation, to conduct historical research. Students choose to present their research in one of the following categories: historical paper, table-top exhibit, media or dramatic performance.
The National History Day competition offers students the chance to win scholarships, certificates and prizes. Winners of the regional competition will advance to Missouri state finals, then to national competition. In 1997, more than half a million students nationwide participated in this program.
"National History Day is a great way to help students 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.
Adams is also involved in the Truman Library's "Project Whistlestop," a Web site used by students for researching original documents and papers from the Truman Library Archives. Project Whistlestop is found at http://www.whistlestop.org
The Greater Kansas City Missouri regional competition will be held at Blue River Community College in Independence on Saturday, March 14, beginning at 9 a.m. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the Harry S. Truman Library at 1:30 p.m.
Winners of the regional competition will move on to compete at the state level in Columbia on April 18. National finals will be held at the University of Maryland on June 14-18.
The Truman Library and Blue River Community College welcome spectators to the competition. For more information about National History Day, please contact Mark Adams at 816-268-8236 , or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.