Back to School and History Day!

CHS_historyday1For most students and teachers in Connecticut, the school year has already started, but for museum educators at the CHS, our crunch time is the end of August and first few weeks of September. During this time we are preparing for one of our busiest times of the year—October – December, when we have school programs happening each day both at CHS and in classrooms across the state. It’s an exciting time of year!In between prepping supplies, updating lesson plans, creating and testing new programs, and hiring new museum educators, I had a meeting with my colleague at Connecticut’s Old State House to discuss History Day in Connecticut—a partnership program between our two organizations. Connecticut’s Old State House is the lead partner in the program and the CHS is the supporting partner- providing workshops and resources for teachers and students and assisting with student research in our Research Center. Major funding for History Day is provided by Connecticut Humanities.

While at the Old State House I checked out a wonderful History Day exhibit currently on display. The exhibit features student projects, many of which competed at National History Day last June at the University of Maryland. It’s inspiring to see all the fantastic work these young historians have done!

History Day in Connecticut provides a unique opportunity for students in grades 6-12 to explore topics of their own choice related to an annual theme, conduct primary research, and create projects that they share at district and state contests. Projects may be: a paper, exhibit, documentary, website, or living history performance. Over 2,000 students participate annually in History Day in Connecticut, an affiliate of the renowned academic program, National History Day. For more information about teacher and student workshops or to register, please visit ct.nhd.org or visit the History Day in Connecticut Facebook page.

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