Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Susan Medler
PH 816.268.8245
FAX 816.268.8299

Media Advisory – Photo Op

This Saturday – 400 Students Compete at Truman Library
for Cash and College Scholarships

On Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, the Truman Library will host the regional National History Day Competition. This year’s theme is “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies.” National History Day (NHD) is the nation's oldest and most highly regarded humanities contest for students in grades 6-12. More than nine million students have participated in the NHD program and gone on to careers in business, law, medicine, teaching, and countless other disciplines, where they are putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained through NHD. More than two million people are engaged in the NHD program annually, including 700,000 students, 40,000 teachers, and thousands of judges and other volunteers.

Nearly 400 area students in grades 6-12 have signed up to compete for a place at the state and national competitions. Student entries include documentary films, exhibits, historical papers, and dramatic performances on the theme “The Individual in HIstory.” Schools and districts represented at Saturday’s regional competition include the North Kansas City, Blue Springs, Liberty, Park Hill, Odessa, and Warrensburg districts, as well as The Barstow School, Pembroke Hill, Our Lady of Lourdes, Rockhurst High School, and St. Teresa’s Academy.

Performances and judging will take place from  9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009. Winners will advance to Missouri state finals on April 4. The national finals take place in June at the University of Maryland; the grand prize is a four-year full scholarship to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Harry Truman said, “The only thing new under the sun is the history you don’t know.” And yet, a 2001 National Assessment of Educational Progress in U.S. history and civics showed that American students are failing to grasp the significance of people, places and events of history. The Truman Library is committed to supporting the effective teaching of history – for, as Harry Truman knew all too well, the future of our democracy depends on it.

The competition will take place at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum at 500 W. US Hwy 24, Independence, Mo. 64050. Members of the media may use the Special Events Entrance on the east side of the complex. Exhibits and performances will be staged in the conference rooms off the East Atrium and in the Press Room of the White House Decision Center.


The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is supported, in part, by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the not-for-profit partner of the Truman Library. The Institute seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry S. Truman. To learn more about the Truman Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, visit trumanlibrary.org.

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