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History Day

History Day in California is a statewide program sponsored by Constitutional Rights Foundation and the California Department of Education in conjunction with National History Day. History Day is an exciting, history-based learning experience for students from 4th-12th grades.

In History Day, students learn about issues, ideas, people, and events in history and apply what they have learned through creative and original productions. Students can create historical papers, imaginative exhibits, original performances, multimedia documentaries, historical websites, and posters related to the annual theme. There are two divisions, Junior Division (6th-8th grade) and Senior Division (9th-12th grade). The poster category is for 4th and 5th grade only.

Each year a broad theme is selected to encompass entries, including local, state, American, and world history. The purpose of the theme is to give a central focus to the work of all participants and provide a common "yardstick" against which the quality of research and understanding may be judged.

Additional information about History Day can be found on the Constitutional Rights Foundation website at

2007 Recipients

  • Yanran Lu from Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa for a Senior Division Historical Paper entitled "The Chinese Exclusion Act: The Age of Darkness." Yanran used excellent primary sources, including archival material from local historical societies and museums, and oral histories. The paper was focused primarily on experiences of Chinese immigrants in Sonoma County.

  • Taryn Zank, Sandie Chen, and Todd Wellenkamp from Riverside Poly High School in Riverside for their Senior Division Website entitled "From Tragedy to Triumph: Japanese Internment Camps." Like the paper, this entry also used very good primary resources and conducted oral histories themselves.