National History Day at PSU

March 8th, 2004 by Adam

Building at Plymouth State University.

Students at the event will share what they’ve learned,
based on this year’s project theme, “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History,” by competing in one of
four project categories: visual exhibit, research paper,
original dramatic performance or media presentation.

“This is a good experience for young students because
they’re not only hearing about history, they’re doing it.
They get excited about picking their own topic,” says
Patrick May, a history professor at the university who has
helped coordinate the history day event. May says,
“Participants gain valuable skills by investigating and
interpreting primary sources. Schools also develop
important contacts with local museums, libraries and
historical archives. Then, students are encouraged to
present the products of this research at the state

Students are organized into junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) divisions and seven different categories. Top winners from this competition will take their projects to the national competition in June. The following schools are participating this year: Milford High School, New Hampton Academy, Elm Street Junior High and Charlotte Elementary.

The NHD program seeks to promote the study of history by engaging students and teachers in historical inquiry and creative presentation. NHD in New Hampshire receives
funding from the Springer Foundation and the New Hampshire
Council for the Social Studies.

Classroom teachers interested in participating should
contact the state coordinators via e-mail to For more information call Patrick May
at (603)535-2501 or John Krueckeberg at (603)535-2332.