More than 80 L.A. County schools come together to explore history and deliver presentations at the 37th annual History Day L.A. Azusa Pacific University, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and the Southern California Social Science Association host the event on Sat., March 25, 2017, at 9 a.m. on APU’s West Campus, located at 701 E. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa. Programming for the event includes a historical re-enactment by the Buffalo Soldiers who portray African American calvary in the West and a presentation by a Native American arts group.

History Day L.A. is part of National History Day, a yearlong education program, with more than half a million participants, that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. This year’s theme is “Taking a Stand in History.” Community members and history-social science professionals will judge exhibits, papers, websites, performances, and documentary presentations executed by the students.

“Student involvement in this program provides rich learning opportunities to reinforce the important role that history plays in shaping our modern society,” said Dave Landers, University Libraries director of education and community outreach. “Participation improves academic achievement and helps students develop important skills for college, career, and civic engagement.”

Winners from all categories are invited to compete at History Day–California in Sacramento. State winners compete in June at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Since its inception, History Day has helped more than 5 million students develop critical thinking, research and reading skills, oral and written communication, presentation skills, confidence, and a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process—all attributes necessary for future success.