Fighting Cultural Amnesia
Peter Thomas History Fund
The CCHF and FHF's theme is based on a theme selected annually by NHD. Students in grades 6 to 12 use primary and secondary sources to research a topic relating to local, national, or world history. After analyzing and interpreting the information they have gathered, students express their findings in a paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, or website. They may work individually or in groups of up to five members except in the historical paper category, which is open only to individuals. Students' entries are judged in two divisions—junior (grades 6–8) and senior (grades 9–12)—during the various levels of competition.
First- and second-place county winners in each category and division advance to the state contest in Tallahassee in May. Similarly, first- and second-place state winners in each category and division earn the right to represent Florida at the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland, in June.
Nearly 53,500 students in 32 counties participated in the Florida History Fair. Participating counties pay an annual fee of $80, which enables all public, private, charter, and homeschool students to compete. Each county has a local coordinator, who assists local efforts.
Counties that participated Florida History Fair include: Alachua, Bay, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Columbia, Duval, Escambia, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Leon, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, and Volusia.
A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing...than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?"