Peru District History Day
NEW ADDITION! 4th Grade Division, February 24, 2017 (get details here) (details for Educators)
Junior (grades 6-8) & Senior (grades 9-12) Divisions, February 24, 2017

Dr. Sara B. Crook,
District History Day Co-Director

Dr. Justin Pfeifer,
District History Day Co-Director



Schedule of Events (to be announced mid February 2017)

Photos of 2016
National History Day | Nebraska State Historical Society | 2016 Results First Round | 2016 Results Final Round | 2016 Special Award Winners

33rd Annual Peru District History Day Contest: 4th Grade Division / Junior & Senior Divisions, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

“Taking a Stand in History” – Information Here

Contest Location: Peru State College Campus (Peru, NE)
Entry Fee: $10 per student
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2017
Historical Papers and web site submission Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2017

Special Awards for Peru State College’s District History Day Contest:

“PSC 150 Award” : In commemoration of both the state of Nebraska’s and Peru State College’s Sesquicentennial, there will be a one-time special award for the best individual entry on a PSC topic in the 2017 PSC District History Day Contest.

  • The Senior Individual winner will receive a $1,500 “Sesquicentennial Tested for Excellence Award”
  • The Junior Individual winner will receive a $150 voucher to our Bobcat Cave/Team Spirit store.

“Tested for Excellence” Awards: For the sixteenth year the Peru State College Foundation is planning to award scholarships to each winner in the senior division, individual and group, in every category. This means that all senior division first place winners will receive a $500 tuition grant to Peru State College. The grants may be used for tuition costs for any classes held on the PSC campus. (No early entry or online courses are eligible for use of these “Tested for Excellence” scholarships.)

Peru State College will have once again, special awards that will be presented by local historical groups:

  • “We Proceeded On” Special Award: Presented to a Junior level individual entry or group who displayed extraordinary leadership in promoting a cause or idea.  The award shall include:
    1. A one year pass (to awardee and immediate family) to the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center in Nebraska City, NE
    2. A copy of the book “Undaunted Journey” by Stephen Ambrose
    3. A certificate
  • “Michelle A Broady Award for Extraordinary Determination” Phi Alpha Theta, PSC’s History Honorary Society, is sponsoring this special award. All sponsoring teachers will be encouraged to nominate one of their History Day competitors for this award no later than 1 week before the contest date to Dr. Crook. The members of PSC’s PAT will review the nominations and make the award presentation.
  • The Kregel Windmill Museum in Nebraska City is sponsoring a special award for the best entry on a subject dealing with machinery used in agriculture, past or present.
  • Peru Historical Foundation is sponsoring a trophy for the best entry, individual or group, focusing on a historical event/innovation of Nebraska.
  • Nebraska City Museum Association is sponsoring an award with individual trophies for the best use of oral history interviews in an individual or group entry.
  • The Mayhew Cabin is sponsoring an award for the best entry, individual or group, using 19th Century African-American History. An individual pass to the Mayhew Cabin and a book will be awarded.
  • Arbor Lodge is sponsoring an award for best individual entry with a topic on the environment and/or Nebraska. The book, “It Happened in Nebraska” and a one year individual “Explore It All” pass from Arbor Day Farm and Arbor Lodge and Tree Adventure will be awarded to the winner.
  • Nemaha Valley Museum is sponsoring two $50 cash awards (1 junior division and 1 senior division) “for entries with a connection to Nemaha County or Southeast Nebraska” . The projects will be judged with the following criteria:
    • Nemaha County Topic -10 points
    • Southeast Nebraska Topic (counties surrounding Nemaha County) – 5 points
    • Use of Primary Source Material – 10 points
    • Use of Oral History – 10 points
    • Use of Nemaha Valley Museum resources – 10 points (this needs to be referenced in the annotated bibliography)

For special awards at the Nebraska state contest check out their website at http://ne.nhd/org/Awards.htm
For special awards at the National History Day Contest check out the website at www.nationalhistoryday.org

Students can exhibit their research in one of five different modes: paper, performance, documentary, exhibit or website. The performance, documentary or exhibit may be done as a group or an individual entry. Papers are individual entry only. (Websites are both group and individual)

The Peru State College District Contest is being held February 24, 2017 (Friday) at Peru State College from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The top three winners in each entry category from the District contest are eligible for the State contest held at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln on April 16, 2017.

History Day competition is open to students in grades 6-8 (Junior Division) and grades 9-12 (Senior Division). Each entry needs a teacher sponsor, but does not necessarily have to be part of a class assignment. The entry deadline in February 3, 2017 (Friday) and the fee will remain at $10.00 per person.
•The online registration process has been improved and should be available to you and your students (although the teacher must start the process) starting January 1st. The site will be http://ne.nhd.org If you have any questions please feel free to email or call.
All the Contest Rule Book information is available upon request or you can access all of the information at www.nationalhistoryday.org

Please contact Dr. Sara B. Crook or Dr. Justin Pfeifer if you have any questions. The Social Science faculty and Peru State College are looking forward to working with you and your students.