MEDIA ADVISORY: PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITY
MORE THAN 400 STUDENTS TO COMPETE AT TRUMAN LIBRARY THIS SATURDAY
FOR CASH AND COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
On Saturday, March 13, 2010, the Truman Library will host the Greater Kansas City (MO) National History Day Competition. National History Day (NHD) is the nation's oldest and most highly regarded humanities contest for students in grades 6-12. 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. This year’s theme is “Innovation in History: Impact and Change."
The Greater Kansas City National History Day contest is organized and led by the education staff of the Truman Library and funded by the Truman Library Institute, committed to supporting excellence in the teaching of history while advancing Truman's presidential legacy and library.
More than 400 area students in grades 6-12 will compete tomorrow for a place at the state and national National History Day competitions. Student entries include documentary films, exhibits, websites, historical papers, and dramatic performances on the theme of “Innovation in History.” Schools and districts represented at Saturday’s regional competition include the Independence, North Kansas City, Blue Springs, Liberty, Excelsior Springs, Belton, and Odessa districts, as well as Pembroke Hill, Our Lady of Lourdes,and Rockhurst High School.
Performances and judging will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 13, 2010. Winners will advance to Missouri state finals on April 10. The national finals will be held 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 recent 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.
Mark Adams, education director
Susan Medler, communications director
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.