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National History Day Showcase at the National Museum of American History

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On June 13, 2012, students from 47 states and affiliates brought their National History Day exhibits to the National Museum of American History for the National History Day Showcase. Visitors to the Museum were treated to a range of projects that went from the Roman Republic to the Space Race. Students were present to answer questions about their projects and emphasize the guidance they received from the National History Day program.

For Arizona student Jenna Gilbertson, the day was made even more special when she got to talk with Kim Guise, a curator at The National WWII Museum. Jenna’s exhibit focused on the women of the French Resistance, and she was able to receive advice from someone who regularly curates exhibits on women in war.


Museum curator Kim Guise talks with Jenna Gilbertson


Louisiana’s Mollye Shacklette received a visit from Kenneth E. Behring, a philanthropist who has provided the largest single donation to the National Museum of American History. Mr. Behring had some kind words of encouragement for Mollye, and paused for several photos. Mollye was also visited by a reporter gathering information for a story for the Shreveport Times.


Mr. Kenneth Behring offers encouragement to Molly Shacklette

Mr. Kenneth Behring poses with Mollye Shacklette


Some of the top World War II projects were on display, and visitors learned of the long term implications of the female workforce during WWII. Two outstanding Tuskegee Airmen projects shed light on these groundbreaking pilots. Another exhibit highlighted the intricacies of the German blitzkrieg.


At the end of the day, National History Day students and families arrived at the Museum for a special reception and extended hours. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Quartet entertained the crowd on the first floor while living history characters told their stories while posing for pictures.

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