Annual High School Local History Smackdown Registration Information
Registration for the 2014 Smackdown is now OPEN.
The High School Local History Smackdown Is Coming to the Finnish American Heritage Center!
History fans: it's time to get ready for the 12th Annual High School Local History Smackdown!
This competition offers Copper Country high school students the chance to test their knowledge of all things historical—including geography and geology—related to Keweenaw, Baraga, Ontonagon, and Houghton counties. Its format is similar to a spelling bee: teams of four players are asked short-answer questions about local history topics, which increase in difficulty as the rounds go higher. The contest features a double-elimination format—two wrong answers are out of play—but they are given the chance to pass on one question. This year's competition will pay special attention to the Copper Miners' Strike of 1913-1914, now in its centennial year.
Preparation can be formal or informal, but those that invest time in advance may proceed farther in the competition. However, those who simply want to be a part of a fun night of local history are still encouraged to participate.
All high-school age contestants are welcome to form their own teams independent of school sponsorship; church groups, scouting groups or other youth groups are also welcome to participate. The registration deadline is Thursday March 27, 2014, so now is the time to assemble a team!
The event will take place at the Finnish American Heritage Center, located at 435 Quincy Street in Hancock, Michigan, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014. It is part of the "Fourth Thursday in History" series sponsored by Keweenaw National Historical Park. For further information and to register teams contact Brian Hoduski at (906) 483-3026 firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration information and other details about the event will also be available soon at www.nps.gov/kewe under Special Events.
For further information, including specific directions to this event, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168 or check the web at www.nps.gov/kewe.
Did You Know?
The Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan was home to one of our nation's first mineral rushes. Prospectors seeking copper travelled there in the middle 1840's, a few years before the "49'ers" sought gold out west. The story of this rush is told today at Keweenaw National Historical Park.