National History Day Competitions at PSU

February 23rd, 2004 by Adam

Approximately 100 middle and high school students from New England participated in National History Day (NHD) competitions Saturday, March 13, in the Hartman Union Building at Plymouth State University.

Students shared 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
competition.”

Students were 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 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.

For more information call Patrick May
at (603)535-2501 or John Krueckeberg at (603)535-2332.

by Sabrina Blanco