Historic Christ Church & Museum recently announced the 16th-annual Northern Neck History Fair.
The competition is open to all fourth-grade students at Lancaster Middle School and Northumberland Elementary as well as third-grade students at Chesapeake Academy, said education director and curator Robert J. Teagle. Fourth-grade homeschoolers from Lancaster and Northumberland counties also are invited to participate.
The fair promotes research on life in colonial and revolutionary Virginia by these students, who study the period as part of their Virginia Studies curricula, said Teagle.
Students enter by creating an original exhibit, display or design that tells the story of an event, person or cultural development in Virginia during the period 1607-1789. A student may work on the exhibit by him/herself or with a classmate, but no more than two people may work together on an exhibit. A student can submit only one entry, whether he or she works independently or with a classmate.
Exhibits include models, dioramas, displays and posters. Judges encourage students to be creative and to use combinations of images, objects and text to tell their story. Projects must be submitted to school by March 24. Homeschoolers may make arrangements to drop their projects that day at Historic Christ Church & Museum, 4320 Christ Church road, Weems.
The exhibits will be on display at the museum March 27 through April 26 and at the Lancaster Community Library April 28 through May 14. The museum will host an awards ceremony for all participants, family members and teachers at 7 p.m. April 26.
Along with the Foundation for Historic Christ Church, sponsors include the Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust, Chesapeake Bank and Connemara. Students earn cash prizes for first-, second- and third-place and honorable mentions. Each student who participates is entered in a random drawing for two tickets to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in Williamsburg.
To contact the museum, call 438-2443, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.