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National History Day at SCC coincides with Nebraska’s 150th birthday

Lincoln Southeast students Abby Peterson and Will Everett featured Billie Jean King.
Judges look over the exhibits.

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 final project.”

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. 


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