Students Become Historians
Why Do History Fair?

Welcome to the Chicago Metro History Fair Where students become historians!

Read why History Fair projects are different from other school assignments:

  • Students may choose their own topic based on what's important to them that is related to Chicago or Illinois history.
  • Students go to places outside the school to do research with actual sources and can interview scholars, experts, and participants or witnesses.
  • Student decide on their own interpretations--they don't just "report back" what others have written.
  • Student may choose how to present their historical arguments through real projects--just as real historians do: writing papers, producing a play or documentary, or building a website or exhibit.
  • Students compete in public contests, and have the opportunity to advance to higher levels of competition in Springfield and Washington, D.C., win cash prizes, secure a college scholarship.

It's the real thing!  That's why History Fair is so different than many school assignments!

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Five Steps to Becoming a Historian

Know the Road Ahead of You: The Five Steps it Takes to Become a History Fair Student Historian

Our "Students Become Historians" Powerpoint presentation gives a detailed explanation of what is involved in doing History Fair and provides helpful advice for each of the five major steps.

  • Step One: Asking Questions, Finding a Topic
  • Step Two: The Research Journey
  • Step Three: Analyzing
  • Step Four: Developing the Argument
  • Step Five: Communicating: Tell Us a Story

Download/Watch the Power Point presentation below to learn more!

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