Sacred Heart University to Host Regional History Day Competition

News Story: February 17, 2016

Sacred Heart University will host Connecticut History Day’s Fairfield Regional Competition on Saturday, March 19. Faculty and staff from the University’s History Department and School of Communication and Media Arts are organizing this day-long event, along with Connecticut History Day regional and state coordinators.

The Connecticut History Day Program is one of 56 affiliates of the National History Day Program, which is headquartered at the University of Maryland in College Park. Students from every state, several U.S. territories and several foreign countries take part in the competition, which is open to public, private and home-schooled students in grades 6-12. Last year, more than 700,000 students participated at the local and regional levels. 

Connecticut History Day is led by Connecticut's Old State House, with support from the Connecticut League of History Organizations and Connecticut Humanities’ ConnecticutHistory.org website. Major funding is provided by Connecticut Humanities.

The Fairfield Regional Competition is one of six regional contests in Connecticut. Participation in the Fairfield region has increased steadily over the last four years—more than 250 students representing 24 schools and 20 communities took part in 2015. A number of them qualified to move on to the state competition at Central Connecticut State University last May and the national competition at the University of Maryland in June.

Students and parents will begin arriving on campus the morning of March 19 to set up their projects. The event will take place in various locations on campus culminating in an awards ceremony at the Edgerton Theatre at 2 p.m.

Sacred Heart is seeking volunteers to judge the competition categories. Please contact any of the following for additional information:

SHU History Professor Charlotte Gradie

Connecticut State Coordinator
Rebecca Taber-Conover
860-522-6766 (ext. 11)

Fairfield Regional Coordinator
Tony Andrade