What Is the Florida History Fair?
Sponsored by the Museum of Florida History since 1988, the Florida History Fair (FHF) is an annual, statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history. Florida joins 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and International Schools in East and South Asia as an affiliate of National History Day (NHD). Established in 1974, NHD promotes history in the classroom by offering students the means and encouragement to do original research about people, ideas, and events of the past. Students who participate develop a suite of intellectual, personal, and practical skills that will serve them throughout their life.
Based on a theme selected annually by NHD, students in grades 6 to 12 use primary and secondary sources to research a topic relating to local, national, or world history. After analyzing and interpreting the information they have gathered, students express their findings in a paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, or web site. Entries are judged in two divisions—junior (grades 6–8) and senior (grades 9–12). Winners of school and county contests advance to the state competition, which is held in Tallahassee in May. First- and second-place state winners in each category and division earn the right to represent Florida at the National History Day contest in College Park, Maryland, in June. In 2012‑13, more than 57,150 students in thirty-one counties participated in school, county, and state contests, guided by more than 1,000 educators.
Why Sponsor the Florida History Fair?
- EXPOSURE. The program involves middle and high school students in public, private, and home school settings in nearly one-half of Florida's counties, including many large urban areas. The audience also includes teachers, families, and friends, who are committed to academic achievement and opportunities for young people to become better, more informed citizens. Your investment not only will support existing FHF activities, but it also will enable the Florida History Fair to expand into new schools and counties.
- CORPORATE RECOGNITION. FHF public relations efforts ensure visibility for primary sponsors around the state and at the NHD contest. Your commitment to philanthropy will be acknowledged on signage at the state contest, in the FHF and NHD contest programs, on the FHF web page, in printed materials, and at all other appropriate opportunities.
- CORPORATE LEADERSHIP. Your sponsorship allows you to make a meaningful contribution to the communities in which you do business. By investing in the Florida History Fair, you will ensure the viability and growth of a program that has impacted more than 300,000 Florida students and that holds the promise of impacting many more.
- EXCLUSIVITY. Contributor-level sponsors will be recognized on a special banner displayed at the state and national contests.
Financial support is given to and administered by the Friends of the Museums of Florida History, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) citizen support organization.
- Contributor: More than $10,000
- Patron: $5,000–$9,999
- Supporter: $2,500–$4,999
National History Day does not permit support from individuals or organizations whose primary activity is the sale or promotion of products, services, or activities that are illegal if purchased, used, or engaged in by minors. It also does not permit support that is contrary to or inconsistent with the principles, policies, or mission of NHD.
For additional information, contact:
Friends of the Museums of Florida History, Inc.
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399–0250