Pinellas County History Fair has had its own journey to get
where it is today. With small beginnings, it has grown into
a truly county-wide event and a participant in even the national
Kay, a teacher at Dunedin High School initiated the Pinellas
County History Fair. Having been the coordinator for the fair
in Hillsborough, Kay had both state and national experience.
For the first several years, participation was quite small.
Indeed, in 1998, no students from Pinellas even progressed
to States. By 1999 a team was sent by Kay to Tallahassee and
again in 2000. Mini grants were awarded by the Pinellas Education
Foundation and the fair was beginning to make a name for itself.
In 2001, the Florida International Museum sponsored the fair
and a new middle school was added under the leadership of
Barbara Thomas. In 2002, Pinellas History Fair is at its largest
participation ever. With 4 schools and over 200 students we
hope the fair will finally attract enough attention to become
a true county-wide event.
Dunedin High School holds small fair with 30 students.
Dunedin High School holds fair with 150 students, sends 35
Florida International Museum sponsors fair. Southside Fundamental
enters the competition under the leadership of Barbara Thomas
and sends 25 students to states in the junior category along
with the 40 from Dunedin High School.
Kay is awarded Florida History Fair teacher of the year and
is a National Finalist.
Dunedin High School again sponsors the fair. Deborah Pettingill
from Largo High, Jennifer Monteiro from Oak Grove Middle and
Barbara Thomas from Southside Fundamental participate. 42
students from Pinellas attend states. Dunedin sends two more
students, Dane Boston and Alexa Zolkower to Nationals in Washington
Zolkower's project, "Burke and Hare," is displayed
in the National Museum of Health and Medicine for the summer,
and she is interviewed on C-SPAN.
Fall: ShoreCrest Preparatory joins the fair along with
the other schools from previous year.
2007: Largo Library sponsors the fair for the first
Pinellas County sends more projects to states than any other
county for the first time ever!
2008: Heritage Village joins in to sponsor the fair.
2009: USF St. Pete takes over sponsorship of Pinellas