The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) presented two students with History Fair Scholarships. SdCNHA provides annual scholarships to students who participate and compete in the Regional History Fair, with projects based on this year’s theme “Communication in History” that involve local history, culture, or traditions.

The Regional History Fair took place virtually on Saturday, January 30, 2021 and was hosted by the Adams State University (ASU) Department of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Political Science, and Spanish (HAPPSS). The Regional History Fair is part one of the National History Day competition that takes place nationwide. Students participate in a project-based learning curriculum that emphasizes critical reading and thinking, research, analysis, and the drawing of meaningful conclusions. Students can complete these projects in groups or as individuals in one
of five categories: documentary, paper, exhibit, performance, or website.

This years round of annual Regional History Day submissions demonstrated the broad array of historical topics but only one pertaining to the San Luis Valley. Winners will proceed to National History day, sponsored by the University of Colorado, Denver, on May 1, 2021. Troy Sowards and Carson Bagwell created a junior group website about how communication through mail rapidly expanded. They discussed how this impacted the San Luis Valley. The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area congratulates all students who participated in this year’s competition and is excited to see what heritage area youth come up with next year. For more information on National History Day, visit . For more information on SdCNHA scholarships and field trip grants, visit