Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2002
Contacts: Mark Adams
816-268-8200 , Ext. 267
Truman Library and Museum

LOCAL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL HISTORY DAY COMPETITION

Students to Present Revolutionary Events in History

(Independence, Mo.) - Missouri students from across Greater Kansas City will compete at the regional level in the National History Day competition Saturday, March 9 at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library in Independence, Mo. More than 90 students in grades 6-12 have registered to participate. The Greater Kansas City, Mo., 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 "Revolution, Reaction, Reform 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, tabletop 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 2001, more than 700,000 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 Presidential Museum & Library.

The Greater Kansas City Missouri regional competition is sponsored by the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and will be at the museum on March 9, 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.

"Attending National History Day gives teachers, parents and students a great first-hand look at the contest. They come away with a better understanding of how the competition is structured and an appreciation for 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 13. National finals will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md. on June 9-13, 2002.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri. 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 and $3 for children 6-18 years old. For more information, call the 1-800-833-1225 or the web site at www.trumanlibrary.org.

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

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