National History Day 2008

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

The National History Day in New Hampshire (NHDNH) program continues to thrive, now in its 7th year. May and Krueckeberg continue to serve as co-coordinators for the state educational program that brings nearly 100 middle and high school students to PSU for the state competition every April. This year-long program is truly a team effort, thanks to Rebecca Noel, Whitney Howarth, and a cast of several committed student volunteers. The 2008 theme Conflict and Compromise in History brought topics that took us back to events such as the Titanic disaster, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Trail of Tears, as well as Scopes Trial, the Battle of Moscow, and the 1863 New York Draft Riots. While these don’t appear at the surface to be uplifting subjects, the students inspired us all through their analysis of primary and secondary sources and exhibited the fine quality of research of our future young historians. PSU President Steen was present at the state competition again this year to announce the top finalists in the state and award medals. May and Krueckeberg once again accompanied the state finalists to the four-day national competition at the University of Maryland. In addition to the competition, the students had the opportunity to tour the Capitol and had very nice meetings with Congressman Paul Hodes and Congresswoman Carol Shay-Porter. We look forward to seeing the program continue to strengthen in upcoming years as our presence and partnerships throughout the state grow. If you know of any teachers or students who might be interested in participating in the program, please contact us!

History Day finalists and their teachers with Patrick May and Congressmen Paul Hodes.

History Day finalists and their teachers with Patrick May and Congressmen Paul Hodes.