President, Ken Lickenbrock
Vice President, Sue Bechtold
Treasurer, Melissa Meirink
Secretary, Clare Goelz

Julia Dodge
Gail Fietsam
Neil Gale
Charles "Chip" Gray
Joe Harnist, II
Lisa Johnson
Karen Kaufhold
Rosanne Mathis
Carol McGinnis
Bill Sandretti
Barbara Suess
Daphne Sumner

William P. Shannon, IV





  • Public, private or home schooled students who are in 6th through 12th grade.
  • Students must reside in St. Clair County, Illinois.


  • One (1) entry per student.
  • Each entry must be by an individual student. No team presentations will be accepted for this Fair.
  • MANDATORY: Students full name, grade, home address, telephone number, email address, school name and city, MUST be present at the bottom of the written project. (only the student's name and grade will be published.) See the example project.
  • No Internet links are allowed in the presentation. It must stand on its own.
  • Students must write a story from MULTIPLE SOURCES (books, websites, newspapers, etc.) about any St. Clair County topic. Engage your reader.
  • History topic must be about St. Clair County from any point in the past. Note: The County’s boundaries changing through time (click map at bottom of this page).
  • At least one photograph, image, map or chart must be included in your presentation.
  • A bibliography for the research sources (textual), or photographs IS NOT required for this Fair.
  • Spelling and grammar counts!


  • Hear-say is not credible. There is no proof of what was said or heard.
  • Wikipedia is not very credible, and must be taken with a grain of salt, because anybody can add data, true or false. Wikipedia is a good way to find some real links about the topic you’re researching. At the bottom of most Wikipedia articles are links under the headers: Notes and references, Bibliography and External links.
  • Pinterest and similar sites are good for finding photographs, but not for accurate photo captions as the person posting makes up their own captions.
  • Use reputable, main-stream (antique/vintage) newspapers, TV & cable networks, non-fiction books, reference materials, etc.
  • Blogs may or may not be accurate as they are written by people injecting their personal opinions or experiences. Off-beat news and websites are not good because the stories may be made up in part or completely, you have no way of knowing for sure.


  • MANDATORY: Students full name, grade, home address, home phone number, email address, school name and school city, MUST be present at the bottom of the written project. (only the student's name and grade will be published.) See this example project.
  • The project will be accepted in MS Word or HTML formats.
  • You will ALSO need to email each image/photo file, even though they are included in your project. Text document AND Images must be included in the email for your project to be valid. (i.e. Email the HTML file and the 3 images used = 4 attachements in total.)
    • Email presentation text as an attachment in these acceptable formats: HTML, DOC, DOCX, WPS. (NOTE: PDF format will not be accepted.)
    • Email image attachments, separately, each in as large a file size as possible, in these acceptable formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIF, TIFF
  • You may ZIP all the files to email OR send in seperate emails.


  Historical Knowledge

  • Shows an in-depth knowledge of historical facts; focused topic; proficient selection of relevant information; solid understanding of context and background; facts well organized.
  • Places topic in historical context
  • Shows factual accuracy
  • Uses thorough, balanced and relevant information

  Quality of Analysis

  • Displays an understanding, historic impact and significance of topic; tells a story of change over time or some other principle of organization; uses evidence to support the story.
  • Explains impact
  • Demonstrates historical significance
  • Shows cause and effect
  • Offers an interpretation or argument

  Quality of Presentation

  • Makes history come alive; effective delivery, high attention to details; compelling, engaging, and a well-organized presentation; a story one cannot stop reading until they finish it.
  • Tells a coherent, well-organized story
  • Shows attention to detail
  • Makes an impact


  • An area, settlement, village, town or city, etc.
  • History behind a statute, monument or way-marker.
  • A person or group of people, famous or infamous.
  • Manufacturing; a business, owner(s), products, historical value, etc.
  • A structure: building, bridge, boat or ship, statute, monument, Military Fort, etc.
  • A disaster: weather related, diseases, plagues, train wreck, conflagrations, etc.
  • Government: politicans, facilities, parks, public land, etc.
  • Military: people, regiments, war, battle, etc.
  • Medical: doctors, nurses, inventions, cures, care, etc.
  • Science: discovery, theory, application, etc.
  • Technology: inventions, application, etc.


St. Clair County is the oldest county in Illinois, founded in 1790 when the area was known as the Northwest Territory, well before the establishment of Illinois as a state in 1818.

As you can see by the map below, St. Clair County’s boundaries was at its largest in 1801, allowing students a vast historical area and timeline to draw upon for selecting a history topic.

CLICK ─» 24 Illinois County Boundary Maps from 1790 to 1859