The Tennessee State Library and Archives will be hosting a pair of workshops to give students and teachers pointers on how to find and use the research materials available at the State Library and Archives. These workshops will focus on assisting students with research on their selected topics for the National History Day competitions that will be held in Tennessee in 2011.
National History Day is a series of competitions in which middle and high school students prepare exhibits, research papers, web sites, documentary films and live performances on various historical topics. Students whose projects are judged the best at local, regional and statewide competitions are eligible to compete with other students from across the country in the national finals. The theme for the 2011 competition is “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”
The first workshop is designed for home school students and will be held Nov. 3 at the State Library and Archives auditorium in downtown Nashville. The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. until noon, with additional time afterward for students and teachers to conduct research at the library if they are interested.
The second workshop is designed for students and teachers from traditional classrooms and will be held Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. until noon, also at the State Library and Archives auditorium. As with the Nov. 3 event, there will be time to conduct research after the workshop is over.
The State Library and Archives building is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, across the street from the State Capitol. A limited amount of parking is available in front, on the side and behind the building.
The workshops are being offered free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a spot at either workshop, contact the State Library and Archives education outreach team at (615) 253-3469.
To learn more about National History Day in Tennessee, please visit: www.tennesseehistoryday.org
“I hope many students and teachers will use the resources available to them through the State Library and Archives and our excellent staff,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “History Day is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their research skills outside of the regular classroom setting. People who develop an appreciation for history at a young age are more likely to be well-informed and active participants in society when they reach adulthood.”