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Sponsored by the Museum of Florida History, the Florida History Day (FHD) is an annual, statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history at elementary and secondary levels. As an affiliate of National History Day, FHD promotes history in the classroom by offering students the means and encouragement to do original research about people, ideas, and events of the past. The Museum has coordinated FHD since the 1988-89 school year.
Students who participate in history day acquire valuable, life-long skills. Among these are self-directed study; the ability to conduct purposeful research and to identify, analyze, and interpret primary and secondary sources; awareness of past events and their impact on society; the ability to convey synthesized information in popular formats; and poise and self-assurance during contests with peers. Because students can present their new-found knowledge in one of four media, history day enhances academic and creative expression among students with different learning styles.