That History Day Guy

August 24, 2007

Back to School

Filed under: state contest — historydayguy @ 8:25 pm

It is so close I can smell the chalk. Ok, no one uses chalk anymore. The first year I taught, they still had chalk boards and it was insane. It got on my fingers, pants, and into all the books. But then there are the pesky white boards. Mine was always a sickly smeared blue or red, and I was always in desperate need of some alchol and water to clean them.

But I digress…. As we all return to schools our hearts are thinking about one thing: History Day! We know that we will be conflicted yet compromise as best we can to fit other areas of study into our lives besides History Day.

For teachers I want you to be aware of The New York state Historical Associations October Confrence for Teachers. This will be our 49th annual confrence on the senic shores of lake Otsego where James fenimore Cooper crafted some of our history’s  greatest American Novels.

Some of our History’s greatest living HD teachers Shaunna Raush, Peter Thomas, Martha Lawson and Mica Shippee will be presenting History Day related sessions at this important confrence. It is also a great chance to sit down with me or Tobi Voigt and chat about the upcoming program year and you probably can score some cool free HD swag if you chat us up!

For students there is the Student Survival Guide available at our cafe press store for cheap. This is a great resource for students and teachers alike.

If you live in the Southern Tier Region we will be posting a wonderful example of an annotated Bibliography of sources for a great History Day project. Check it out and go visit the Chemung Valley History Museum where they can help you out with the resources.

Last but not least, I want to give a shout out to our now former Regional Coordinator Rebecca Smith who came with us to Nationals. She has moved on to greener pastures in Indiana where she will be working for the Indiana Corn Cobb and Mash Repository of Historical Farm Implements and Prosthetics. We are hopeful she will be happy there catalogging historic limbs and their world famous collection of “Presidential Corn Cobbs.” Go get em Becca.


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