Southeast Community College hosted National History Day at the Lincoln Campus on Wednesday, March 1,
2017. This is the same day Nebraska celebrated its sesquicentennial.
SCC welcomed students from a
variety of southeast Nebraska school districts including Lincoln Southeast High School, Irving Middle School, Crete Middle School and Beatrice Middle School. More than 80 students attended.
“History Day provides
students the opportunity to interact with professional historians and others
who share an interest in history,” said Dr. Jim Isemann, SCC history
instructor. “Hopefully students will gain important research skills not only
applicable in the history classroom, but for other subjects as well.”
Participants could choose to
present a historical exhibit, website, documentary, performance or essay.
Students signed up as individuals or in groups.
“We like to see the quality
of projects that young people are capable of producing,” Isemann said. “We are
often amazed and impressed with the students’ efforts and the results of their
This is the seventh year SCC
has hosted this event on the Lincoln Campus, and every year it continues to
grow. The top three finalists in each category advance to state, and then the
winners from state go to nationals in Maryland in June.
“Ideally, History Day will
spark a further interest in delving more deeply into historical topics, inside
as well as outside the classroom,” Isemann said.
National History Day started
in Cleveland in 1974. Members of the history department at Case Western Reserve
University developed the idea for a history contest similar to a science fair.
It is now a national organization with year-round programs and a week-long
contest held at the University of Maryland.