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4-H Heritage: History for Fun Project

October 23, 2019

Find your favorite parts of history and learn more with the heritage project. There are many different activities you can do in order to learn more about the world's history. 

Level A (grades 3-4)

Level B (grades 5-6)

Level C (grades 7-9)

Level D (grades 10-12)




No manual; however, a Lake County record sheet must be completed (attached below)

**Only a Lake County Record Sheet is needed**

General Exhibit Requirements

Record Sheet Required (No Manual)

  1. Members must complete and prepare an exhibit. The exhibit work should be new each project year.
  2. All exhibits must include a summary (no longer than one page) and a bibliography. If you type your work, double-space and in a 10-14 point font. If you make something, document your progress with pictures.
  3. Work that is not original will be given a participation ribbon. Work that does not meet all the requirements will be graded as such. Schoolwork can be used. Do not submit a paper with a grade; rework the paper. Proofread the work carefully; have someone else read your work. Grammar, spelling and punctuation matter.
  4. Choose one area for the project focus: World History, Local History, United States History, Family History, or Indiana State History.
  5. Project ideas:

Exhibit choices- choose one:

  1. Written Report (Levels A & B)/Research paper (Levels C & D): Relate this to your chosen category of history. A title page must be included in the work. Use pictures, graphs, newspaper articles, etc. in your exhibit. Be sure to document sources. For research paper, Chicago style is highly recommended, but other styles are acceptable, e.g. MLA, APA. Use a notebook to assemble necessary information. A notebook must be a 3-ring binder, including a title page and table of contents. Slip each page into a plastic sleeve for protection (one page per sleeve, or two if back to back). Length should be as follows: Level A, 1-3 pages of text; Level B, 2-5 pages of text; Level C, 3-6 pages of text; and Level D, at least 4 pages of text.
  2. Diorama: relate the 18x15" space to your chosen category of history. The goal is a realistic interpretation of the event in history. No perishables or food allowed in diorama. The exhibit does not need to be covered but this is recommended. Remember the diorama should tell the story of the event.
  3. History Educational Display: relate the museum type display and educational poster to your chosen category of history. No perishables or food items allowed. The display should teach the observer about the event. Maximum size 30" deep x 48" wide x 72" high.
  4. Poster: choose a subject for your poster from history, using charts, pictures, facts about the person/event. Attach bibliography to back of poster. See “General Rules” for poster requirements.
  5. Other: check with superintendent about idea and how to exhibit.


Interested in sponsoring a trophy or award for this project? Please contact the project superintendent or Extension Office at 219-755-3240 to learn more!

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