For Immediate Release: March 13, 2000
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations



Students to Highlight Turning Points in History

(Independence, Mo.) – Missouri students from across Greater Kansas City will compete at the regional level in the National History Day competition to be held on Saturday, March 11 at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Mo. More than 80 students in grades 6-12 have registered to participate. 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 "Turning Points in History." Students are expected to use original sources, such as first-hand accounts and original documentation, to conduct historical research. Students 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 1999, more than 600,000 students nationwide participated in this program. Eight entries from Greater Kansas City made it to the national level competition in 1999.

"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.

The Greater Kansas City Missouri regional competition is sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Library and will be held there on March 11, beginning at 9 a.m. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

"Coming to the event itself is a great opportunity for teachers, parents and students who would like to get involved in National History Day competitions. They will come away with a better understanding of what the competition is about - as well as the amount of hard work and creativity that students put into their projects," Adams said.

Winners of the regional competition will move on to compete at the state level in Columbia, Mo. on April 8. National finals will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md. on June 11-15, 2000.

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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