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. This year, the theme is Conflict & Compromise in History. Entries must use materials from the Joan Cass Beck and/or the Gold Star collections of the Anne Arundel County Public Library. A panel of judges will choose a winner on February 17 at the Anne Arundel County Public School's Maryland History Day competition.
Joan Cass Beck Collections
The Joan Cass Beck Collections, comprised of nearly 1,500 books, journals and audio/visual materials, are housed at the Anne Arundel Archaeology Lab at Historic London Town in Edgewater and at the county’s Cultural Resource Division. 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. Stop by the information desk for more information.