Local History Day Project Contest

All middle and high school students in Anne Arundel County public schools are eligible to participate in a special National History Day contest offering a top prize of $500 for the best local history project. Entries must use materials from the Joan Cass Beck and/or the Gold Star collections of the Anne Arundel County Public Library. A winner will be chosen by a panel of judges on February 25 at the Anne Arundel County Public School's Maryland History Day competition


Joan Cass Beck Collections

The Joan Cass Beck Collections, comprised of nearly 1,400 books, journals and audio/visual materials, are housed at the Anne Arundel Archaeology Lab at Historic London Town in Edgewater and at the Historical Preservation Research Library in the county's Division of Planning and Zoning.  These growing collections provide an unparalleled resource for those in our local community involved in historical research.  It is accessible by appointment only. The complete list of resources can be found in the Library's catalog and arrangements made to use the material in person by calling either 410-222-1318 or 410-222-7432. 

Gold Star Collection

The Gold Star Collection is comprised of more than 1,000 books, articles, and other historical and genealogical materials that document the economic, social, political, cultural, religious, and military history of Annapolis and  Anne Arundel County.  This outstanding, non-circulating collection offers a wide array of primary and secondary sources for those involved in scholarly research or anyone interested in learning more about local history.  The Gold Star Special Collection is located in the Maryland Room of the Annapolis Regional Library at 1410 West Street and is open to the public for use during normal library hours.

Where to Get Help 

Library staff are available for help finding resources for the competition. Two help sessions have been set up at the Edgewater and Odenton Libraries in November. Addtional sessions may be added to the schedule of events in January. 


The program is sponsored by:  Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Inc., Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Anne Arundel County Public Library. Funds for this year's competition are courtesy of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society in memory of Stephen M. Schatz.