Educational Programming

Azusa Pacific University will host the 38th annual History Day L.A. in 2018.

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Where: APU West Campus

The Los Angeles County Office of Education coordinates the competition for L.A. County 4th- through 12th-grade students. This year’s theme is “Conflict and Compromise in History.” Students conduct historical research related to the theme and compete in five categories: papers, websites, performances, documentaries, or exhibits.

Free fun and live music for the whole family! APU provides historical re-enactments and activities for the community and competing students alike to enjoy for free. Students get to have a great time while they wait for the results of the judging and the awards ceremony in the late afternoon.

Examples of possible activities include adobe brick-making, panning for gold, doll-making, a textiles demonstration, a medieval brass-rubbing station, marching with soldiers, and much more. The event begins at 8am with the activities wrapping up by 3pm. The awards ceremony for student competitors begins at 4pm.

Interested in Competing or Judging?

Visit the Los Angeles County Office of Education website for more details on how to register, teacher and student forms, guidelines for the event, and other great information about History Day L.A.

Student projects are judged by community members and history-social science professionals. Winners at History Day L.A. go on to compete in the state National History Day California competition, and state winners proceed to compete at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Participation in History Day L.A. provides opportunities for students to improve academic achievement and develop important 21st century skills in preparation for college, career and citizenship – critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication and creativity and innovation. As an authentic performance assessment measure, teachers can utilize History Day projects to easily assess the knowledge and skills of their students.

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J. David Landers, M.Ed.
Associate Professor, University Libraries
Director of Education and Community Outreach, Special Collections
Hugh & Hazel Darling Library
(626) 815-6000, Ext. 5770