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The 27th Illinois History Expo will be held on May 8, 2014.

Here is a list of events for the day:

8:30 a.m.
Project setup begins at the Prairie Capital Convention Center
10:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony, First Floor Auditorium, Prairie Capital Convention Center
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Public viewing of projects
2:00-2:45 p.m.
Budinger Room closed for ribbon and evaluation placement
2:45-3:45 p.m.
Awards Ceremony

Student Historian Program

The Illinois History Fair is an education program that offers students four different project categories to enter research projects on state and local history. There are numerous reasons why your students and school will benefit from researching and writing about Illinois' history. Getting started is easy. First locate your regional fair, date, and coordinator. The next step is to consider attending a teacher workshop. Special awards for students are presented at both the regional fairs and the Illinois History Expo. Students may also research history fair topics for National History Day in College Park, Maryland.

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The student handbook Your Guide to Becoming a History Detective is available for download (pdf) which covers everything you need to know about participating in the Illinois History Fair.

Table of Contents
Topic Selection
Choosing Your History Expo Topic

page 3

Focusing and Defining Your Topic page 3
Thesis Statement page 4

Researching Your Topic: Finding and Organizing Information

Finding Sources
page 4
Research Sources: Primary and Secondary page 4
Organizing Your New Information page 4
Sample Note Card page 5
Research Sources page 6
Primary and Secondary page 6
Locating Sources page 7
Sources page 8

Summary Statement & Bibliography

Title Page page 9
Summary Statement Questions page 10
Bibliography page 10

Now that you have found sources and compiled the relevant information to tell the history as well as to support your thesis statement, you must now make a presentation or write a paper. Some topics are more suited for certain presentations. For example, documentaries and exhibits rely on images to help tell the story.  If your topic has few available images, you may decide to compose a research paper. Each Illinois History Expo category has recommended ways to present information.  However, it is YOUR project, so let the creative juices flow, work hard, and you will proud of your effort!

Presentation Categories:
Research Paper page 13
Exhibits page 14
Media Documentary page 16
Performances page 18
How Illinois History Expo Projects are Evaluated page 19

View the Goals and Standards (pdf) of the Illinois Learning Standards that are addressed by participation in the history fairs and Statewide Expo.

Images taken from past fairs. Find out how
your school can email to get involved, or call Pete
Harbison at (217) 782-2981.
Educational Services

We are continuously seeking individuals that are interested in assisting with our history fair. One way you can help is by paricipating as a category judge. Your interest is the only experience necessary. Typically the state history fair needs approximately 125 judges for a successfu event. If you or any of your colleagues are interested in being a Judge for the History Fair please contact Pete Harbison at (217) 782-2981 or Email Project Coordinator .


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