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Connecticut History Day

A Connecticut Democracy Center program in residence at Connecticut’s Old State House, History Day creates college and career-ready citizens of the future by providing opportunities for students to engage in rigorous, inquiry-based academic research projects.  The program conforms to the C3 College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and Connecticut's new Social Studies Frameworks.  The program brings students in contact with historians, historical societies, museums, colleges and universities.

It is a program for students in grades 6-12 that encourages exploration of local, state, national, and world history.

Students pick a topic in history that they want to explore and then relate it to an annual History Day theme. They then conduct extensive research on their topic using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. Students analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topic's significance in history, and create final projects that demonstrate their work.

These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where professional historians and educators evaluate them.

Connecticut History Day is one of 57 affiliate programs of the highly regarded National History Day program.

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