Laconia Middle School Students Visit PSU’s Lamson Library to Prepare for National History Day Competition

January 9th, 2013 by blyndes

PLYMOUTH,N.H.–Plymouth State University’s Lamson Learning Commons hosted six Laconia Middle School students January 8 as part of their 2013 National History Day research project. The students are studying topics as diverse as the Tuskegee Airmen, the Iranian Revolution and terrorism, the Transcontinental Railroad and the U.S. economy, the Manhattan Project and the television program Star Trek’s impact on modern day technology.

PSU Geography professor Dr. Patrick May, right, assists LMS student Ben Montembeault with his research using databases available to the public at Lamson Library and Learning Commons.

Plymouth State hosts New Hampshire’s National History Day competition March 31, the eleventh year PSU has provided the venue for the event. National History Day involves 700,000 middle and high school students nationwide, including several thousand in New Hampshire. Students investigate their topic, develop a thesis and interpret primary and secondary sources to apply it to the national theme. The students then present their project in formats like a research paper, museum-style exhibit, dramatic performance, web site or video documentary. LMS history teacher Carleen Steckert said her students are excited to use the library’s resources to learn more about their topics.

“They’re learning things like new research techniques that this kind of a library can offer,” Steckert said. “It’s really beneficial to them.”

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