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Maine National History Day 2015

posted Apr 6, 2015, 7:18 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated May 11, 2015, 10:53 AM by Website Webmaster ]
National History Day is an exciting academic program co-organized by the University of Maine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library for middle and high school students. Each year more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics and conduct extensive primary and secondary research related to the annual theme. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These are evaluated by professional historians and educators in a statewide competition, and state prizewinners can go on to the national contest in the Washington DC.

This year, Greely Middle School students Ashton Maze and Madison (Maddie) Albert entered exhibit boards and won first and second place! As winners in the exhibit category, they will be going to the national competition at the University of Maryland in June!

Ashton's first place exhibit was: "Leadership and Legacy Behind the Guns: Rosie the Riveters on the American Homefront". Ashton interviewed a *real* "Rosie the Riveter" up in Aroostook county, who he located while doing his research. 

Maddie's second place exhibit was: "Race, Education, Equality, and Resistance: The Leadership and Legacy of Prudence Crandall and the "School for Little Misses of Color". Maddie traveled to several archives in Connecticut to look at primary sources (original letters and newspapers) from the 1830s, and interviewed the author of the major biography of Prudence Crandall.

In addition to their research and exhibit boards, each student had to write a 500 word paper describing how they conducted their research and developed their project This paper also included an annotated bibliography in MLA style, divided into primary and secondary sources.  More Spotlights...