Ethan Na, an eighth-grader from Jericho, L..I.,and mom Kim check the tally board outside The Farmers’ Museum’s Louis Jones Center a few minutes ago to see how his project, exploring the Flu Pandemic of 1919, is faring in competition. He was one of 450 students from around the state in Cooperstown today for New York History Day, where projects are judged by 100 historians to determine the best of the best. The awards ceremony is at 5 p.m. today in Cooperstown High School’s Sterling Auditorium; with judging about to end, exhibits are also open to the public. Inset, Fenimore Membership Director Kate Morgan, right, was assisted by Gretchen Keister in handing out T-shirts to participants. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – You may have noticed: 450 middle and high school students – plus family members and teachers – from around the Empire State are in Cooperstown today for New York History Day, organized by The Fenimore Art and Farmers’ museums.
History Day uses space at numerous Cooperstown venues for students to present their papers, documentaries, exhibits, websites and performances – in addition to the two museums, the Baseball Hall of Fame and The Otesaga. The awards ceremony is at Cooperstown High School at 5.
This five-some (top photo) from Livonia Central School – from left, Patrick Mayo, Mikayla Fletcher, Zena Wronka, Aidan Sauter and Alex Flanagan – are among hundreds of high school students from around the state at the NYSHA museums in Cooperstown today to compete in the annual New York State History Day. Inset, Kyrstin Edwards, left, and Julianna Battaglia, both of Livingston Central, cool off with a frozen drink in front of The Farmers’ Museum Louis C. Jones Center. Judges are reviewing entries at this hour, with an awards ceremony to follow later this afternoon. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – New York State History Day, which comes to Cooperstown Monday, is funded in part by a special $100,000 allocation included in this year’s state budget by Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.
“State participation in National History Day promotes academic achievement, intellectual growth and offers the personal reward of knowing more about our past,” said Seward, who obtained the allocation for the New York State Historical Association, which hosts the statewide event. “The program also shines a light on the New York State Historical Association and all the Otsego County based organization has to offer.”
This year’s National History Day theme is “Leadership and Legacy in History.” Statewide winners will travel to the University of Maryland for the national competition, June 14-18.