Kean to Host National History Day Competition

Kean University will host the Southern New Jersey Region competition for National History Day (NHD) on Sunday, March 27, on the university’s main campus, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. Hundreds of students in grades 6 to 12 will gather to compete in a variety of individual and group categories according to this year’s theme, Diplomacy and Dialogue in History: Successes, Failures and Consequences.

Dr. Sue Gronewold, chair of the Department of History at Kean, stressed the significance of Kean’s participation in this year’s National History Day. “Not only will this bring hundreds of students, their parents and their teachers to Kean, it will also be exciting to see history come alive for so many young people,” she said. “It is experiences like this that make history meaningful. An awareness of where we have been is crucial both to understanding the present and preparing for the future – and these kids will be well on their way to being lifelong historians.”

Each year, more than half a million elementary and secondary school students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to the annual theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries.

These presentations are entered into district competitions, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The winning entries then advance to state competitions and another round of judging. The top two entries in each category and division in state contests are then eligible to participate in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest, held each June at the University of Maryland at College Park.

For further information, please contact the Department of History at Kean University at 908.737.4250.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. While Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers, it is also a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduatedegrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.

Tom McLaughlin
March 8, 2011

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