Annual High School Local History Smackdown Registration Information

A student does a high jump in Calumet in this circa 1925 photo.

A Calumet student shows his high jump in this circa 1925 photo.

Keweenaw NHP Archives, Myrno M. Petermann Collection.


Registration for the 2015 Smackdown is now OPEN.

The High School Local History Smackdown Is Coming to the Finnish American Heritage Center!

Keweenaw National Historical Park is seeking high school teams from the four-county area to participate in the Thirteenth Annual High School Copper Country Local History Smackdown.

The competition offers local-area high school students an opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the history, geography, and geology of Keweenaw, Baraga, Ontonagon, and Houghton counties. The format is similar to a spelling bee: teams of up to four players are asked "short-answer" questions, which increase in difficulty as the rounds go higher. The contest features a double-elimination format: two wrong answers and teams are out of play. Preparation can be formal or informal, but teams that invest time in advance may proceed further in the competition. However, those who simply want to be a part of a fun night of local history are still encouraged to participate.

This year's competition will have questions drawn from a wide variety of topics, with some questions being developed from new sources. Those new sources will be provided free of charge to the libraries of Copper Country schools which have sent teams to participate in the Smackdown in the past. If your school has not participated before, please let us know, so we can similarly supply your school library.

Please note that the Smackdown will once-again take place at the Finnish American Heritage Center Theater, in Hancock, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The deadline for registering a team is March 26, 2015, so assemble a team or teams and start planning for your team's name to be inscribed on the Smackdown trophy!

Note: Due to limited stage space at the Heritage Center, registration will be closed at sixteen (16) teams.

For further information and to register teams contact Brian Hoduski at (906) 483-3026 or e-mail us.

2015 Registration Document - Word

2015 Registration Document - PDF

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