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History to “Come Alive” at 2015 Sacramento County History Day Saturday 3/7

Annual Event is Open to the Public

Sacramento County History Day logo

On Saturday, March 7, more than 300 students from 19 area schools will use dramatic performances, artistic displays, and vivid documentaries to celebrate local, U.S., and world history at the 2015 Sacramento County History Day.

Students will present history-based exhibits, 2-dimensional posters, research papers, documentaries, dramatic performances, and interactive websites. This year's theme is "Leadership & Legacy in History."

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), along with the Center for Sacramento History and a team of dedicated volunteers, hosts Sacramento County History Day. The local event is associated with National History Day, a year-long educational program that encourages elementary, middle, and high school students to explore local, state, national, and world history.

At each competition level, student projects are evaluated by a team of community members, as well as volunteers from the history and education fields. Competition divisions include Elementary (grades 4-5), Junior (grades 6-8), and Senior (grades 9-12). Qualifiers move on to the State History Day Competition, taking place May 8-9 in Rocklin and also coordinated by SCOE.

In addition to teaching the relevance and importance of history for all grade levels and ages, the program helps students develop problem-solving, oral and written communication, research, analysis, critical thinking, and presentation skills that are directly tied to the Common Core State Standards. Students also gain self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of responsibility for/involvement in the democratic process.

Sacramento County History Day Overview

Sacramento County History Day is being held at Inderkum High School (2500 New Market Drive, Sacramento). The public is invited to participate in the following activities:

Time Event
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Live dramatic performances

10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Documentary videos (continuous loop)
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Historical entertainers and "hands-on" history experiences
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Public viewing of displays and exhibits
4 p.m.

Awards ceremony



Overhead view of students seated in school common area

Students will present their exhibits March 7 at Sacramen​to County History Day.