2012 Local History Smackdown
Contact: Brian Hoduski, (906) 483-3026
Fourth Thursday in History:
10th Annual High School Local History Smackdown Approaches
History buffs: it's time to get ready for the 10th Annual High School Local History Smackdown!
This competition offers teams of Copper Country high school students the opportunity to test their knowledge of the history, geography, and geology of 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 and teams are out of play; teams are given the chance to pass on one question. 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 March 29, 2012, so assemble a team and start planning where to display the Smackdown trophy!
The event will take place at the Calumet Theatre in Calumet at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2012. 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration information and other details about the event will also be available at www.nps.gov/kewe under Special Events.
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.