Baylor To Host Regional History Fair Feb. 10-11

Feb. 1, 2000

More than 300 area students will put their history knowledge on display at the 15th annual Heart of Texas Regional History Fair Feb. 10-11 in the Bill Daniel Student Center on the Baylor University campus. The event, which was founded by Baylor's Strecker Museum, has drawn participants in grades 6-12 from 14 schools in five counties in Central Texas.

"The fair draws some of the most promising students in our area," said Lois Myers, president of the history fair's board of directors and associate professor for Baylor's Institute of Oral History. "It's our chance to encourage them in their interest in history."

Fair participants present projects in the form of papers, exhibits, performances and documentaries that address this year's theme "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events." Projects may be entered individually or as a group. Some of the entries will focus on topics such as war, the space race, women's rights and Title IX.

The contestants will compete in one of two divisions -- junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12). Baylor and McLennan Community College professors and community volunteers will judge the seven different categories on historical quality, clarity of presentation and relevance to the theme. An award ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 11 in Marrs McLean Gym.

First- and second-place winners in each category will advance to the state competition in May. Winners at the state level will be eligible to go to Washington, D.C., for the national competition this summer.

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