Drop-in history lab supports National History Day prep

UMaine faculty and graduate students are hosting an informal drop-in history lab to provide one-on-one support for grade 6-12 students and teachers who are preparing a National History Day (NHD) research project.

The lab will be held on Wednesday, March 5 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Computer Classroom at the Fogler Library on UMaine’s Orono campus.  Anyone interested in talking about any kind of historical research, local resources and current developments in historical scholarship (whether local, regional, national or global) is welcome to attend. 

For more information (including getting a campus parking permit), please contact Professor Liam Riordan at riordan@umit.maine.edu.

NHD is an annual event for grade 6-12 teachers and students interested in developing critical thinking skills and an understanding of the past through original research. This event promotes a project-based approach and provides a hands-on experience for students to discover and explore history. Using primary sources, students complete projects (research papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites or performances) and present them at the Maine statewide competition. This year’s theme is Rights and Responsibilities in History, and the competition will be held April 12 at UMaine.

The Maine DOE’s Center for Best Practice recently posted a short video regarding Whittier Middle School’s integrated approach to NHD at last year’s competition. Five Maine students reached the final round of the NHD contest held at the University of Maryland.

For more information about NHD, visit the Maine NHD website or contact Maine NHD State Coordinator John Taylor at john.m.taylor@maine.edu or 207-474-7133.