Bedford High Winter History Fair next Thursday

January 18, 2024

It figures that a school district whose logo features the country’s first battle flag would showcase studies in history.

That annual opportunity is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 25 when the Bedford High School Social Studies Department hosts the Winter History Fair in the BHS Library.

The public is invited to join students, families, and teachers for the presentation of projects in the high honors U.S. History II class.

Patrick Culhane, history teacher and advisor to the BHS National History Day team, noted that this will be the 20th Winter History Fair. BHS has been competing in National History Day since 2004, and “we have established ourselves as among the strongest programs in the state.”

Culhane explained that National History Day competition begins at BHS with the class projects that will be presented on Thursday. Students present their research in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, performance, paper, or website. They work individually or in groups of as many as five. The theme of this year’s program is “Turning Points in History.”

Some students choose to continue developing their projects as extracurricular activities, entering them in the regional competition in early March, Culhane said.

“At each level, projects are judged on historical quality, connection to theme, and quality of presentation,” he explained.

The three highest-judged regional projects proceed to the state round, scheduled for April 9, and entries judged first or second in each category compete in National History Day at the University of Maryland in June.

Culhane said the competition “is an exciting way for students to study and learn about historical issues, ideas, people, and events.” 

He added, “Bedford High School has had several winners at the regional, state, and national contests.”

[Editors Note: The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25.]

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