Heritage Fair Project Guidelines
Before you begin:
Choose a topic that interests you. You will find some possible topics listed on the attached sheet.
All projects must have a Newfoundland & Labrador history, geography or heritage theme. Your
social studies teacher must approve your topic before you begin your research.
Doing research for your project:
- Use books, magazines, the Internet, etc.
- Interview people who are experts on your topic.
- Gather artifacts or materials (magazine / newspaper clippings, pictures, etc) that will help you
demonstrate your project
- Make detailed notes from all of your sources.
- Record the information from each source that you will need to make a bibliography.
Other Important Sites:
Preparing your project for Display:
1. Use a backboard to display some of your materials and information. ( a
cardboard tri-fold backboard will fit the table and is quite portable)
2. Put a title on your project.
3. Include your name and the name of your teacher.
4. Present your research in an attractive manner.
5. Print or write legibly or type your material using a large font.
6. Do not overcrowd your display.
7. Balance your display with photos / illustrations and text.
8. Choose artifacts for your table (if appropriate) that your audience can pick up and
9. Include a bibliography of your sources.
10. If appropriate you may decide to make a model to go with your project.
11. Video or other kinds of audiovisual presentations may also be used.
12. You may wish to dress in a period costume.
Your project will be judged by a group of people from our school. Their evaluation of your
project will involve the following:
- Historical Research: How much research was involved and the accuracy of your
- Product: Student display, presentation.
- Written Summary: How well you organized and wrote your information.
- Interview: You will have to know your topic very well because the judges will ask
you questions and expect you to be able to explain all about your topic.
Note: Regional winners last year in addition to their backboards had all or a combination of the
- Period costumes
- Multimedia presentations (video/audio)
This is a cross-curricular project between English and social studies and will represent a major
part of your grade for both courses.
This project must be completed at home. You will be given time to do some research and writing
in class. If you have difficulty deciding on a topic or finding appropriate sources, please notify
your teacher. Your teacher will help you in any way possible. You are responsible for supplying
all materials and equipment necessary for your project.
Theme: Digging Up Your Stories
Our theme for 2009-2010 is "Digging Up Your Stories" which ties in with the 2010 Cupid's
celebration of the 400th anniversary of the first English settlement in Canada as well as the 50th
anniversary of Ingstad's discovery of the L'anse out Meadows Viking site, and the National Story
Tellers Conference that will be coming to the province in July 2010. Please note that the theme
award is only one of many at the fair and is not necessarily tied to being chosen to represent the
region at the national fair.
Some Possible Heritage Fair Topics:
1. A well-known Newfoundlander or Labradorian of the early to mid 20th century such as:
Bob Bartlett, Johnny Burke, Tommy Ricketts, Joseph R. Smallwood, Cluny MacPherson,
Georgina Sterling, Julia Salter Earle, Sir Robert Bond, Gerald S. Doyle, Arthur Scammall, Émile
Benoit. Minnie White, John White
2. A student may do research into their family genealogy and report their findings.
3. Newfoundland & Labrador History, Culture, Traditions, etc.
Resettlement The Great Depression Seal Fishery The Wreck of the
Beaumont Hamel The French in War Brides Codfish
The Vikings The Tidal Wave of Pirates of Ghost Stories of
1929 Newfoundland Newfoundland
Newfoundland's Whaling in The Atlantic Puffin The Blue Puttees
Native Peoples Newfoundland
Customs and Signal Hill A Woman's Work is Grandma's Kitchen
Traditions Never Done
Bell Island Mines Schools of the Past Marconi Purity Factories
A Fishing Community Mummering The General Store Newfoundland Folk
of the Past Music
These are just a few of the topics that have been used at Heritage Fairs in the past. They are
meant as a guide to give you some ideas