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History Day began in the state of Missouri in 1979 and Southeast Missouri State University was the location of the first state-wide event. Dr. Joel Rhodes, serves as the District 9 coordinator. Those counties served through District 9 are : Washington, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Perry, Iron, Reynolds, Madison, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Wayne, Carter, Ripley, Butler, Wayne, Stoddard, Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, Dunklin and Pemiscot.

The themes vary every year and are open to students in the fourth and fifth grades (elementary division, sixth, seventh and eighth (junior division) and ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth (senior) grades. Students may participate by making a display board (similar to the science fair), putting on a skit with up to four people, making a video about a historical topic, or writing a paper. All plays and media productions must be less than 10 minutes in length. The next District History Day will take place on March 12, 2010 at Southeast Missouri State University located in the University Center across from Academic Hall.

Topics for the upcoming years are:
2002-2003 Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History
2003-2004 Rights and Responsibilities in History
2004-2005 Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History
2005-2006 Communication in History: The Key to Understanding
2006-2007 Taking a Stand in History
2007-2008 Triumph and Tragedy in History
2008-2009 The Individual in History
2009-2010  Innovation in History: Impact and Change <<<<<<<<<<
2010-2011 Diplomacy and Dialogue in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences
2011-2012 Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History
2012-2013 Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events
2013-2014 Geography in History: Impact, Influence, Change
2014-2015 Rights and Responsibilities in History

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