Plymouth State University hosts New Hampshires National History Day Saturday

PLYMOUTH — On Saturday March 31, New Hampshire students take a step (or more) back in time during National History Day at Plymouth State University. Students from grades 6 through 12 will present projects based on the theme "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History."

The student presenters have conducted in-depth research and presentation topics are varied; examples include: "Steve Jobs: How the Apple iPod Revolutionized the Music Industry and Society", "McCarthyism and the Red Scare: ...

PLYMOUTH — On Saturday March 31, New Hampshire students take a step (or more) back in time during National History Day at Plymouth State University. Students from grades 6 through 12 will present projects based on the theme "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History."

The student presenters have conducted in-depth research and presentation topics are varied; examples include: "Steve Jobs: How the Apple iPod Revolutionized the Music Industry and Society", "McCarthyism and the Red Scare: A Cold War Tragedy", "The Double Life of the People Who Hid the Jews" and "Leonardo daVinci: The Insightful Inspiration".

"This is the tenth year PSU has hosted National History Day in New Hampshire," says PSU Professor of History Dr. John Krueckeberg. Student participants create a project – a paper, an exhibit, a web page, a documentary, or other presentation based on the theme – and defend their project before a panel of judges. "History is research driven and results can be presented in many forms," Krueckeberg adds. "It’s an exciting experience for these students."

Students compete as individuals or groups. The top two projects in each group – junior for grades 6 through 8, or senior for grades 9 through 12 – qualify for the national competition in June at the University of Maryland. A local student will also receive the "Archivist Award" for best use of primary documents.

Judging begins at 9 a.m. in PSU’s Hartman Union Building and is open to the public.

According to National History Day materials, "For many Americans, the word revolution conjures up images of the Fourth of July, celebrating our revolutionary heritage.” While changes in government are the most obvious results of revolutions, 'economic revolutions,' 'consumer revolutions' and 'knowledge revolutions' have also had significant impacts on our lives. In addition to causes and results, students were challenged to explore the impact of their topic on people, and countries."