National History Day
Immaculata University hosted, in conjunction with the Chester County Historical Society, National History Day (NHD) on Saturday, February 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The theme for 2013 was Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, and Events. Approximately 400 middle and high school students from Chester County displayed their research and competed to continue on to the state competition.
National History Day is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. 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 products are entered into competition where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest held June 9-13, 2013 at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Having hosted NHD for the past seven years, the Immaculata community supports the event in various ways. This year, several Immaculata students, many of whom are History majors, served in leadership roles such as judges and mentors along with faculty and staff. They also conducted a Q&A session with the participants.
“It is thrilling to be a part of this wonderful, academically-enriching event. The students who participate develop skills and gain knowledge that will be a great benefit to them as they become civically engaged and informed adults,” commented Sarah Trembanis, Ph.D., associate professor of History at Immaculata University and coordinator of the program.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.