UTEP to Host History Day

Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Liberal Arts Building and Union Building East

Nearly 400 middle school and high school students are expected to participate in the 20th annual El Paso History Day contest on Feb. 25. The event is sponsored by the UTEP Department of History, the College of Liberal Arts, and the El Paso County Historical Society.

History Day provides students an opportunity to conduct original research on a historical topic related to this year’s theme, “Taking a Stand in History.” They will present their findings in one of five categories: websites, poster exhibits, documentary films, research papers and historical performances. Students can compete individually or as part of a group.

Poster exhibits and historical performances will take place in Union Building East from 9 a.m. until noon for the preliminary rounds. Runoffs are scheduled from 1:10 to 1:50 p.m.

The documentaries will be screened from 9 a.m. to noon on the second floor of the Liberal Arts Building.

The awards ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Tomás Rivera Conference Center on the third floor of Union Building East.

El Paso’s History Day contest is part of National History Day, a yearlong academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th to 12th grade students.

The winners of El Paso’s History Day contests will compete at Texas History Day in Austin. State contest winners will advance to compete at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park in June.