History Fair

The first-ever Glengarry History Fair will be held in Alexandria, Ontario on 21 February 2015 at the Glengarry Sports Palace.

The brain child of the Glengarry Historical Society, the aim of the History Fair is to get younger people involved in the incredibly rich history of the Glengarry area.  Each student who enters will research, produce and present a project of the student’s choice, in any medium he or she chooses, as long the focus is Glengarry.  As a result of entering the Fair, the student will be recognized in a public forum for his or her hard work, and a financial incentive or otherwise will be offered to the top 3 projects in each category.  The GHF encourages the the involvement of parents, which allows for two generations of engagement in Glengarry’s history.


1. Students do not need to reside in Glengarry; however, the projects MUST be about Glengarry, no exceptions.  Students must also be available to attend the Fair in person on 21 February 2015.

2. Entry Forms need to be submitted by 31 January 2015.   Parents will be contacted by 15 February in order show that entry forms have been received and to liaise with parents.

3. Prizes are to be determined at present, but will be awarded to the top 3 prizes in every category.

4. Categories will be as follows: Grades 1-3; Grades 4-6; Grades 7-8; Grades 9-12; Under Graduate or College.

5. The project may be done in any form: written (ex. essay); digital (ex. PowerPoint), visual (ex. fine arts such as a painting or sculpture), multimedia (ex. poster and small essay).

6. All projects must have a title (ex. MacDougall Barn on Loch Garry Rd.).

7. All projects, regardless of the medium, must be presented to the the judges at the Fair.   Parents will be asked what items/accommodations students will need.   A presentation length of 2 to 5 minutes for Grades 1 to 6 is recommended and 5 – 15 minutes for Grade 7 to undergraduate/college level.

8. Winning entries will be displayed at the Glengarry County Archives and the original or a copy will be kept at the Archives.

9. Plagiarism is unacceptable and if discovered will lead to immediate disqualification.  Sources must be clearly identified.

10. Most importantly, have fun!

Judging Criteria

A panel of three judges will be appointed.

Projects will be judged as follows:

  1. The project is sufficiently detailed and shows a thorough understanding of the topic.
  2. The presentation includes an adequate summary of information, as well as, a discussion of why the topic was chosen.  The presenter uses appropriate language, body language, and other conventions of a presentation (ex. eye contact, voice level, tone, etc.).
  3. The information is presented in a creative and appealing manner and effectively showcases the most important aspects of the research.
  4. A variety (at least 2-3; ex. websites, books, newspapers, interviews, etc.) of sources were consulted.  The sources are noted somewhere on the project.
  5. Proper language conventions (spelling, grammar, etc.) are apparent throughout the project and presentation.
  6. Entry Forms
  7. Entry Forms must be submitted by 31 January 2015.   Before presenting at the Fair on 21 February 2015, parents of students under 18 will be asked to sign a project submission form.  All information collected is solely for the Committee of the Glengarry History Fair for the purpose of running the Fair and will not be shared.

Entry forms may be obtained from http://glengarryhistoryfair.ca