Area Students Put History on Display at Regional History Fair

Almost 200 junior high and high school students will pit their historical knowledge against one another in displays they’ve created for the Brazos Valley Regional History Fair.

Slated for Feb. 8 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, the fair is sponsored by the Star of the Republic Museum, administered by Blinn College. Entries are open to students in grades 7-12 who have qualified for the regional competition by competing in their local school history fair. This year 187 students with 107 projects are registered to compete.

The competition includes students from Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Washington and Waller counties. The event includes students from Navasota Junior High, Navasota High, Brenham Junior High, Anderson-Shiro Secondary School, Bryan ISD’s Stephen F. Austin Junior High and Brenham Christian Academy.

“I’m always excited to see the results of these students’ work,” said Anne McGaugh, Star of the Republic Museum’s curator of education and coordinator of the Brazos Valley Regional History Fair. “It’s a tremendous learning opportunity for the students. They do their own research, analyze the results and put a lot of effort into these projects.”

Project categories include historical paper, exhibit, documentary, performance and interpretive website. Judging takes place throughout the day, and each student has a scheduled interview time with the judges to answer questions and describe the project’s research and analysis. The judges include Blinn faculty and volunteers from local historical commissions.

Some presentations will take place inside the museum, while other projects will be on display at the site’s education, visitor’s and conference centers. This is the eighth year the history fair has been held at Washington-on-the-Brazos.

“We utilize every square inch that we can,” McGaugh said.

At 3 p.m., the awards ceremony will announce the winners, including those who will advance to the state competition to be held May 3-4 in Austin. Winners at the state competition can advance to the National History Day competition held at the University of Maryland in June.

The public is invited to view the documentaries and performances beginning at 9 a.m. and the exhibits, historical papers, and websites will be available for public viewing after judging ends at 11:45 a.m.

Star of the Republic Museum is located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site off state Highway 105. It was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by Blinn College as a cultural and educational institution. Daily museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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