NHDC November Newsletter
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NHDC Wishes You a Happy Start to the Holiday Season!

This time of year, we are wholly grateful for our donors, partners, and volunteers. Thank YOU!
Director's Letter

It is THE week of gratitude in American history. With that in mind, we couldn't help but do a quick search of memorable expressions from those who have formed our history:

"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."  -Theodore Roosevelt

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."  -John F. Kennedy

 "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children."  -Sitting Bull

These are three men--important in our nation's history but from different ideologies and lives. Yet they repeat a primary message of gratitude--to be grateful is one thing, to put it in action is the power and beauty of thanks. We hope that you will put the power of knowing history to work, seeking to improve what comes next based on those lessons learned and with gratitude to those who provided the hard knowledge.

This newsletter is filled with opportunities we are grateful to be able to announce. One of those is the application to be part of the next Sacrifice for Freedom program--a chance to show gratitude to the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  

We are grateful to you for being part of National History Day in Colorado--we'll have some great news to share next month--stay tuned!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Celeste and Kayla

2023 Contest Dates 

San Luis Valley--January 28
Charter--March 4
Western Slope--March 11
Boulder--March 11
Durango--March 17
Pikes Peak--March 18
Denver/Aurora--March 18
Central Plains--March 31
Greater Denver Metro--April 1
Pueblo/Southeast--April 1
Greeley/Northeast--April 1
Mountain April 1

Annual Showcase Breakfast Review

On November 4, NHDC held its annual Showcase Breakfast, which featured this year's Founder Award Winner, Susan Bonsall Rosenberry and the Walter S. Rosenberry, III Charitable Trust (large picture below). Though we missed several of our guests due to a large car accident and ensuing traffic, we welcomed a number of friends, partners, and donors. THANK YOU!. 

Get Your Annual NHDC Calendar Today!

It's official! The 2023 NHDC Annual Calendar is available now! Designed and created by our Student Advisory Board, the calendar will provide both laughs and facts all year long.

Any donation of $20 or more will be sent a 2023 Calendar. Donate here

Register to Judge the State Contest Today!

Register to Judge the State Contest Today!

It's never too early to register to judge the State Contest! It takes over 200 judges and volunteers to keep the day running smoothly, and to make the event a positive experience for our incredible students. 

You do not have to be a historian or even a history expert to judge! We will train you, feed you, and we guarantee you will see some talented kids put together some amazing projects.

When: April 29, 2023
  •  7:30-1:00 for preliminary rounds judges
  • 7:30-4:00 for those who want to judge preliminary and final rounds
  • Noon-4:00 for those who want to judge final rounds only
  • Awards Ceremony is held at 5:00 pm and judges are encouraged to attend

Where: University of Colorado Denver on the Auraria Campus

*Professional development hours are available for educators. 

Peer-to-Peer Student Mentoring

November 30, 2022
8:30 pm
Join Zoom Here

Join our Student Advisory Board as they offer their expertise as alumni and ambassadors of NHD. Let them help you narrow your topic, edit your thesis, or help you find primary sources!

NHDC Awards Master Teacher Designations

During the fall, NHDC, with the generous sponsorship of Teaching with Primary Sources at Metro State University Denver, welcomed two cohorts of educators seeking their NHDC Master Teacher designations.

On November 4, they presented their own NHD projects--part of becoming a Master Teacher is experiencing the challenges that students face.

Our first cohort of Master Teacher graduates includes:
Emily Rulli, Platte River Academy
Jeff Ballard, Edison Middle/High School
Matthew Fulford, East High School
Jamie Adams-Granato, Pleasant View Middle School
Amy Rockenbach, Chinook Trails Middle School
Lisa Thomassen, Chinook Trails Middle School
Lisa Norton, Casey Middle School
John Hise, Escalante Middle School
Tatianna Mahan-Higgins, Montezuma Cortez High School
John Willis, Sargent High School
Robbie Remington, Monte Vista Middle School

Matt Fulford of Denver East High School wrote a paper on the Chicano Movement in Denver that we are honored to feature is next year's 2023 NHDC Paper Journal. Don't miss it!


Student & Teacher Resources and Opportunities

Opportunities for Students
The Coolidge Scholarship
 The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2024 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Winners may use the scholarship to pursue any academic major.

More information
Deadline: February 23, 2023 @ 5 pm eastern.

Opportunities for Teachers
National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
Philadelphia, PA
December 2-4, 2022
Registration and More Information

Colorado Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
Revitalizing Social Studies: Work that Matters
March 6, 2023
History Colorado Center
Denver, CO
Registration coming soon!
Nation Council for History Education Annual Conference 
March 23-25
Salt Lake City, UT
More Information

Resources for Students and Teachers
Finding, Analyzing, and Constructing History: A Research Guide for Students
from Library of Congress
Student Guide
Teacher Guide

Hispanic and Latino Heritage History Resources
from EDSITEment and National Endowment for the Humanities
Guides available here.

New Resource Collection from Mt. Vernon
Explore collection

Inside the Vault Online Programs

Historical Tip of the Month

Examples of Thesis Statements: Bad to Better

Examples of Thesis Statements: From Bad to Better

“Dorothy Richardson’s The Long Day is a provocative portrayal of working class women’s lives in the early part of the twentieth century.” This is a weak thesis for a paper, since it is overly vague and general, and is basically descriptive in nature. The thesis does not suggest why or how Richardson’s book is “provocative.”

“The narrator of Dorothy Richardson’s 1905 work, The Long Day, exemplifies many ideas and perspectives of the early twentieth century’s new feminism.” This is a bit better, since the author is actually suggesting that there might be an argument about early twentieth-century feminism. But note how the language is still vague. What ideas and perspectives? To what effect does Richardson’s work deal with these ideas?

“While The Long Day’s narrator exemplifies many tenets of the new feminism, such as a commitment to women’s economic independence, her feminist sympathies are undermined by her traditional attitudes towards female sexual expression.” OK. Now we are getting somewhere! This is a solid thesis. Note that the language is specific (commitment to women’s economic independence, as example). Also, the author has detected a contradiction in the text, a tension that the paper can fruitfully analyze. It could be strengthened further by suggesting HOW Richardson’s sympathies are undermined by her traditional attitudes.

(Courtesy of University of Toronto)

A Few More Things...
2023 Theme: Frontier in History: People, Places, & Ideas

2023 Theme Poster
Theme Book
Theme Graphic Organizer
Save the Date
April 29, 2023
State Contest
Teacher Feature: Kris Casey, NHDC 2023 Teacher of the Year, Junior Division

We are proud to announce this year's 2023 NHDC Teacher of the Year for the Junior Division, Kris Casey of Barone Middle School in Meeker. Casey will also be our nominee for the NHD National Teacher of the Year Award in the Junior Division. We are so proud to have Casey as a part of the NHDC family. Congratulations!

I have been teaching at the middle school level for 21 years.  During this time I have taught a variety of subjects and grade levels.  No matter the subject or age, my one constant has always been cherishing the opportunity to foster critical thinking and watching young people become active members of their community.  It has always been my goal to present topics and issues (historical and current) to my students and engage them in conversations with their peers and adults.  I feel it is crucial to encourage students to become critical thinkers, analyzers, and communicators.  National History Day is one way I am able to push students to become informed, critical-thinking citizens.
I began my career in Iowa where I was first introduced to National History Day.   Once I moved to Colorado I was able to bring this program to my new community.  I began my first few years in Meeker with only 15 students competing in our local competition, and only a handful of students moving on to the state level.  Thirteen years later, the number of students competing has changed dramatically.  Our local competition has become a full-day event with 10 or more judges.  We have community members that ask each year to be a part of the judging staff because of their love for history and are invested in our students’ learning.  Last year, 40 students competed at our local competition.  Of those students, our judges choose to advance roughly 20 students to the Western Slope Regional competition and 11 moved on to the Colorado State competition.  This year we will have 40 kids competing at the local level for middle school and a handful of high school students.  I am proud and excited about the enthusiasm our students have generated around history and their desire to want to create quality research.  National History Day in Colorado has given me the opportunity to show students that history is not boring and can be an exciting field of study.  


Partner Feature: Bill of Rights Institute

The Bill of Rights Institute is our newest partner. They provided an excellent set of resources to our Master Teachers during the Fall workshops.

Colorado educators enjoyed a presentation by and discussion with Chris Janson from The Institute. He gave a rich overview of the Bill of Rights Institute's website and the primary sources, as well as teacher and student resources. 

From their website: "The Bill of Rights Institute is a nonprofit educational organization based in Arlington, Virginia, that develops educational resources on American history and government, provides professional development opportunities to teachers, and runs student programs and scholarship contests."  

And to say there are a few student programs and scholarship contests is an understatement--there are many, as well as many resources for those who choose to focus on America's history as their topic for NHDC. With the Dobbs Decision central in so many student's minds, from a variety of perspectives, the Bill of Rights Institute offers a primary source based (American Constitution) perspective. When emotion is removed and primary source documents are the informants, so much more can be learned and provide strong background information for a variety of topics. There are such lessons for many of today's topics, with a strong foundation in history. Take a look. 

Here is one of the reasons we appreciate what they offer educators across the nation--a good critical conversation addressing "Civic Friendship, Divisive Topics, and Democratic Discourse."

Next month, we feature on one of our cultural partners who our student board will be nominating for the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.  

NHDC Sacrifice for Freedom: WWII in the Pacific Program

Soon, 16 students and 16 teachers will be chosen for the NHD summer institute, Sacrifice for Freedom: WWII in the Pacific. Will you be one of them? 

To learn more and apply, visit Applications are due November 28.

Announcements from the Gilder Lehrman Institute

National History in Colorado
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 182 | PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217
p: 303-315-1789

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