For State History Day information, click here: State History Day
History Day began at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1974. It soon expanded to state and then national level. Ohio District 3 Contest at CWRU, held every year, may be regarded as the "Birthplace of History Day".
Junior and senior high students, with the help of their history teachers, select an historical topic which is then presented in the format of a written research paper, dramatic presentation, audio-visual presentation or display. Qualified historians judge these projects on History Day (usually in March) and winners go on to state and then national competition.
Early Settlers Association has participated for many years in History Day as part of its educational outreach to encourage the study and preservation of knowledge of the Western Reserve. Only those historical projects that pertain to the Western Reserve are reviewed and judged by a panel of ESA members. Students whose projects are of eceptional merit receive a cash prize. ESA is one of only three organizations that awards cash prizes.
Past project topics have included, but were not limited to the following.
The Hall of Fame page gives additional suggestions for topics.
George Crile - Pioneering Advances in Medicine
John D. Rockefeller - Rise of Standard Oil
The Hough Riots
Tragedy at Kent State University
Burning River - The Cuyahoga
Larry Doby - Race in Baseball
The Collinwood School Fire
Mayor Kucinich vs Muny Light
Cleveland's Bussing Controversy
The Ohio Rubber Strike
Steel Making on the Cuyahoga River
The Oberlin/Wellington Rescue
The Rapid Transit of Shaker
Ohio & Erie Canal
Alfred Kelly-Man of Vision
Battle of Lake Erie - Perry's Victory
Euclid Avenue - Millionaires' Row
Coeducation at Oberlin College
Chagrin Falls - Hometown U.S.A.
Daniel Burnham - "Make No Small Plans"
Shaker Heights - Decentralization
Margaret Bourke White - Capturing the Moment
The Terminal Tower - Van Sweringen Dream
Civil Rights in Cleveland
"We Have Overcome" - Carl B. Stokes
Cleveland Air Races
WWII and How Cleveland Reacted
Men of Iron - Descendents of the Industrial Revolution
Death of Bruce Klunder
Brunswick Teachers Strike
Cleveland Cultural Gardens - International Harmony