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Louisiana History Day National Finalists Selected

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Louisiana State National History Day ContestThis past Saturday, April 9, over 200 middle and high school students from across Louisiana visited The National WWII Museum to compete and take part in the annual Louisiana National History Day State Contest.  National History Day is a national student research contest in which students, working as either individuals or in groups, create projects relating to an annual theme which are evaluated and critiqued at school and regional level contests.

Having already advanced from one of five regional contests in Monroe, Baton Rouge, Shreveport or New Orleans, these students and their projects represented the best student work Louisiana had to offer.  Competition was fierce and exciting throughout the day with over 120 projects in 18 different categories seeking an opportunity to advance to the National History Day National Contest in Washington D.C..  The judges deliberated throughout the day and ultimately selected 61 middle and high school students to represent Louisiana at the National Contest the week of June 12 – 16, 2016.

The National WWII Museum is proud to serve as the state sponsor for National History Day in Louisiana and we are expecting great things from this year’s student delegation.  Congratulations to all the winners and to all the students and teachers who participated!   

 

This post by Collin Makamson, Student Programs Coordinator @ The National WWII Museum

 

 

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Getting Around the Museum on History Day

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We hope everyone is excited for this Saturday, April 9 and our Louisiana National History Day State Contest.

Upon arriving at the Museum, you may notice some growing pains as construction of our new “Founder’s Plaza” is taking place. Here’s how to get around during National History Day.

  • Firstly, Andrew Higgins Drive and the Museum main entrance will be closed to all traffic, both motorized and pedestrian, on the day of the contest.  Students, depending on their projects, will enter the Museum and check-in through TWO separate entrances.
    • Through the temporary main entrance on Magazine Street on the corner of Andrew Higgins Drive for those students with DOCUMENTARY, PAPER & WEBSITE projects. This is just steps away from the Soda Shop entrance.
    • Through the Firehouse for those students with EXHIBITS & PERFORMANCE projects. The firehouse is located on Magazine Street just shy of Poeyfarre Street.
  • Secondly, Parking is available at one of four surface parking lots all within one block of the Museum. If you choose to park in a paid lot, make sure to follow directions clearly to avoid ticketing or booting of your car.
    • The Museum parking garage is not yet open or available for parking.
  • Thirdly, Student Check-In will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9 inside one of the two Museum entrances listed above.  Students needing directions should look for our Victory Corps youth volunteers who will be outside providing directions all along the Magazine Street sidewalks.
    • At Check-In, all students will be given a room & interview time assignment
    • DOCUMENTARY, PAPER & WEBSITE interviews will take place in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion
    • PERFORMANCES will be held in the Stage Door Canteen near the American Sector Restaurant
    • EXHIBITS will be set up in the U.S. Freedom Pavilion:  The Boeing Center
    • For those students with PERFORMANCE & DOCUMENTARY projects, please ensure that you can set up and operate all of your props and technology yourself.
    • For those students with PAPER and WEBSITE projects, your projects have been submitted to the judges for pre-viewing
  • Finally, the Awards Ceremony will be held in the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center and should begin at around 2:00 p.m..  All are welcome to attend.

We look forward to seeing everyone there, and thank you in advance for your patience while getting around. It’s going to be a great day at the Museum!

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Greater New Orleans National History Day Regional Contest 2016 Results

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Winning Students and Supporters from Helen Cox High School Spelling Out the School's H.C. Initials

Winning Students and Supporters from Helen Cox High School Spelling Out the School’s H.C. Initials

This past Saturday, March 19, The National WWII Museum hosted its Greater New Orleans National History Day regional contest.  National History Day is a student research competition in which students, either as individuals or in groups, conduct research and construct a project on a historical topic of their choice.  Projects in this year’s contest focused on the theme of “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange in History” with student-selected topics ranging from the disappearance of the Roanoke colony to the origins of cheerleading!

At this year’s regional contest, over 240 middle and high school students with over 130 projects in 18 different categories competed throughout the day for a chance to advance their work to the Louisiana State History Day contest which will be held at the Museum on Saturday, April 9 and will feature winning students across the state from the Lafayette, Monroe, Shreveport and Baton Rouge regional contests as well.  The winners from the Louisiana State History Day competition will then travel on to represent the state of Louisiana at the National Contest in Washington D.C..

For these students, the regional contest was the result of many months of researching, writing and perfecting their work. Judging panels evaluated student projects in five different formats—exhibit, research paper, performance, documentary and website – with students placing in the top four of each category advancing to the State Contest.

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the students who participated!

This post by Collin Makamson, Student Programs Coordinator @ The National WWII Museum

 

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Help Judge National History Day

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National History Day JudgingThe National WWII Museum is looking for teachers and professors, historians, undergraduates and graduate students, museum professionals or anyone with a love of history and community to help judge this year’s National History Day contests!

National History Day is a year-long historical research contest for middle and high school students. Each year, students from across Louisiana create documentaries, research papers, performances, websites or exhibits based upon the annual contest theme. A major benefit to students participating in National History Day besides the fun and excitement of creating an original work is the outside review of that work by volunteer judges, who donate their time to review students’ projects, make suggestions for improvement and determine the entries that will advance to the next round of competition.

Judging is an integral part of the National History Day process. The feedback that students receive is critical to their growth as young researchers. Most of the students will not pursue history as their college major or career choice, however, the skills that the students hone in creating their National History Day projects will apply to any college or career path that they choose. The National WWII Museum is always looking for volunteers who possess both foundational knowledge of history and great communication skills to serve as judges. No prior experience is necessary besides an enthusiasm and interest in encouraging middle and high school students in their research and work!

Judges are needed for Regional Contests in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport and Monroe as well as the State Contest in New Orleans which determines which students go on to represent Louisiana at the national competition in Washington D.C.. The dates for all Regional as well as the State Contest can be found below along with the sign-up form to serve as a National History Day judge.

2016 Louisiana History Day Contest Dates:

Baton Rouge: March 19, 2016

Lafayette: March 12, 2016

Monroe: March 12, 2016

New Orleans: March 19, 2016

Shreveport: March 12, 2016

Louisiana State History Day: April 9, 2016

The National History Day program is exciting and fun, however, the benefits for participation for students working with primary sources and performing original research are very real and can earn them rewards both inside and outside the classroom such as scholarship moneys, special prizes and even paid educational travel.  That said, none of this would be possible without the generous help and support of our volunteer contest judges.

Sign up now to judge National History Day!

Find out more about Louisiana’s National History Day program.

 

For other questions on how to get involved with National History Day, contact the Museum’s Student Program’ Coordinator, Collin Makamson @ 504-528-1944 ext. 304 or historyday@nationalww2museum.org.

 

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2016 National History Day Theme – “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange”

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Exploration Encounter & ExchangeNational History Day is a year-long historical research contest for middle and high school students. Each year, students from across the country develop a project based upon the annual contest theme. The annual theme for the 2016 National History Day contest is “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange;” a topic which also offers many opportunities for students to research and explore powerful subjects and events in WWII history.

While images and figures from the Spanish Conquests or the Age of Sail are likely the first thoughts that spring to mind when most read and hear the words ‘Exploration,’ explorers existed in WWII as well, charting new paths in fields such as medicine, technology, and production while experiencing encounters and exchanges that would help change national attitudes towards isolationism, military preparedness and racial and gender equality. The outcomes of these WWII explorations varied, as did their encounters with opposition or resistance as well as the exchange of ideas or strategies that helped them to succeed or which caused them to fail, however, the outcomes and the lessons drawn from each of them are what determine why these events are important in history.

For example, one case of Exploration between 1941–1945 with lasting importance in history was the exploration of infection and disease in attempts to cure and combat them. One staggering statistic to come out of the Pacific Theatre in WWII: over 80% of American troops deployed to the Pacific were hospitalized at least once, with infection and disease being among the leading causes. The United States responded to this harsh battle environment by exploring revolutionary treatment ideas such as the mass production of penicillin, sulfa drugs and the first use of blood plasma on the battlefield as seen in the image from the Museum’s Digital Collection.

 

Similarly, military tactics in WWII had to change as a result of Encounters with new technology or Encounters with success or setbacks on the battlefield. With German U-Boats menacing Allied shipping lanes during The Battle of the Atlantic, new tactics such as the convoy system, as seen in the image below, and technology like sonar helped to turn the tide. Similar adaptations existed on the Axis side as well, with Germany’s horrific encounters with trench warfare of WWI leading to new strategies such as the Blitzkrieg or ‘Lightning War’ which overran nearly all of Europe by the end of 1940.

 

Finally, exchanges occurred throughout WWII history as well, from the large scale, such as the meeting of The Big Three Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin – at the week-long Yalta Conference which determined the end of WWII and the shape of the post-war world, to the individual, such as African-American serviceman Vernon Baker’s exchange with an prejudiced Army recruiter who at first refused his entry into the United States military based upon his race yet who later was awarded the Medal Of Honor, the highest award given by the United States Government for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.

 

World War II is a rich and exciting time period in which to study the exploration, encounters and exchanges of The War That Changed The World  – both famous and infamous – as well as what these events continue to teach us about history today.

For more details about the National History Day contest and how to start your WWII research project, please visit The National WWII Museum’s NHD web page. 

Also, for any Louisiana teachers and professors, historians, undergraduate and graduate students, museum professionals, or anyone with a love of history and community, we need your help to judge this year’s regional and state National History Day contests!  No prior experience necessary besides enthusiasm and interest in evaluating student work.  Please view our National History Day Judges Form to learn more

 

This post by Collin Makamson, Student Programs Coordinator @ The National WWII Museum

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Louisiana History Day Finalists Advance To Nationals

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Louisiana History Day State FinalistsOn Saturday, April 11, the Museum hosted the Louisiana National History Day state contest.  National History Day is a student research competition in which students, either as individuals or in groups, conduct research and construct a project on a historical topic of their choice.  Many of the students selected their topics in the fall and then spent much of the spring conducting research online, in libraries and at historical sites and archives. With the option to create either an exhibit, a documentary, a performance, a website or a documentary, students could display their research in the way they deemed most effective.

At this year’s state contest, over 260 middle and high school students with over 150 projects in 18 different categories from all across the state competed throughout the day for prizes as well as a chance to advance their work and represent Louisiana at the National Contest in June in Washington D.C..

In all, 67 winning students were selected on Saturday and will travel on as Louisiana’s representatives in the National Contest at the University of Maryland on June 15 – 18.  Best of luck to all our winners!

 

This post by Collin Makamson, Student Programs Coordinator @ The National WWII Museum

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Results from the 2015 New Orleans Regional History Day Contest

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History DayThis past Saturday, March 21, the Museum hosted the Greater New Orleans National History Day regional contest.  National History Day is a student research competition in which students, either as individuals or in groups, conduct research and construct a project on a historical topic of their choice.  Projects in this year’s contest focused on the theme of “Leadership & Legacy in History” with student-selected topics ranging from General George Patton to Beyonce!

At this year’s regional contest, over 230 middle and high school students with over 130 projects in 18 different categories competed throughout the day for a chance to advance their work to the Louisiana State History Day contest which will be held at the Museum on Saturday, April 11; the winners from that competition will then travel on to represent the state of Louisiana at the National Contest in Washington D.C..

For these students, the regional contest was the result of many months of researching, writing and perfecting their work. Judging panels evaluated student projects in five different formats—exhibit, research paper, performance, documentary and website – with students placing in the top four of each category advancing to the State Contest.

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the students who participated!

This post by Collin Makamson, Student Programs Coordinator @ The National WWII Museum

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Sign Up to Judge National History Day

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National History DayNational History Day is a year-long historical research contest for middle and high school students. Each year, students from across Louisiana create documentaries, research papers, performances, websites or exhibits based upon the annual contest theme. A major benefit to students participating in National History Day is the outside reviews of their work by volunteer judges, who donate their time to review students’ work, make suggestions for improvement and determine the entries that will advance to the next round.

The National WWII Museum is looking for judges who possess both foundational knowledge of history and great communication skills, but who, above all else, enjoy working and encouraging middle and high school students.

Judges are needed for the Regional and State Contests in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport and Monroe. The New Orleans Regional Contest is set for Saturday, March 21 at The National WWII Museum. Judges arrive at 8:30 am for a brief orientation and are welcome to stay through the Awards Ceremony ending by 2:30 pm. The State Contest is scheduled for Saturday, April 11 in New Orleans also at The National WWII Museum. Judges at the State Contest will determine Louisiana’s delegation for the National Contest in Washington D.C.

Find out more about Louisiana’s History Day program and other Regional Contest Dates and how to sign up to be a judge!

Don’t live in Louisiana? There is a National History Day program in all fifty states. You can find the contact information for your state’s program at the National History Day website. Also, if you are planning on being in the Washington, D.C. area in June, you can also inquire about judging at the National Contest.

For more information on National History Day, contact the Museum’s Student Program’ Coordinator, Collin Makamson at 504-528-1944 ext. 304 or historyday@nationalww2museum.org.

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National History Contest: WWII “Leadership & Legacy” Topic Ideas

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Yalta Conference

The Big Three – Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin – at the Yalta Conference, 1945. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

National History Day is a year-long historical research contest for middle and high school students. Each year, students from across the country develop a project based upon the annual contest theme. The annual theme for the 2015 National History Day contest is “Leadership & Legacy in History;” a topic which also offers many opportunities for students to research and explore powerful subjects and figures in WWII history. When we think of “leaders” in WWII, we often think of commanders on the battlefield, however, examples of leadership can be found throughout the war years of 1941 – 1945, both on the front lines as well as on the Home Front. The outcomes of the actions of WWII leaders vary too – some triumphed while some were defeated – and it is these outcomes and the lessons drawn from them that determine a leader’s “legacy.”

Oftentimes, the actions of political leaders in WWII determined both their own legacies as well as the legacies of the nations which they led. For example, the decisions of The Big ThreeRoosevelt, Churchill and Stalin – at the week-long Yalta Conference in 1945 determined the end of WWII and the shape of the post-war world. On other hand, the brief meeting of Nazi leadership at the Wannsee Conference in 1942 set in motion the policies of systematic extermination which resulted in millions of death in The Holocaust.

Similarly, military leaders helped secure both their own legacies as well as the fates of their countries by their victories or defeats on the battlefield. Pioneering mobile warfare tactics were the key to many of General George Patton’s victories in WWII, with these tactics going on to shape American military tactics for years to come. Sometimes success as a military leader also took precise planning and organizational skills as was seen with Army Chief Of Staff George Marshall, who was both the “organizer of victory” as well as the architect behind the rebuilding of Europe through the Marshall Plan.

Examples of leadership with lasting legacies from WWII are not found solely within high political or military office either. African-American activist A. Philip Randolph led the way in the desegregation of the American labor force in WWII while also laying much of the ground work for the post-war civil rights movement. Anna Mae Hayes served in the Army Nurse Corps during WWII before going on to become the first woman in the U.S. military to be promoted to the rank of general officer.

Finally, while the leadership of individuals and their accomplishments during WWII are important, the legacies of these leaders in the post-war period should also not be overlooked. During WWII, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited troops and help support the Tuskegee Airmen while, following the war, she worked to establish the United Nations to provide for peaceful ways of resolving international disputes, and pass the U.S. GI Bill of 1945, which promised to provide returning veterans with help and access to education, housing, and more.

World War II is a rich and exciting time period in which to study and explore the clash between leaders – both famous and infamous – their actions and what their legacies can teach us today.

For more details about the National History Day contest and how to start your WWII research project, please visit The National WWII Museum’s NHD web page.

A Philip Randolph

A Philip Randolph announcing the march on Washington D.C., 1941. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

This post by Collin Makamson, Student Programs Coordinator @ The National WWII Museum

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National History Day State Contest Results: National Finalists Selected

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On Saturday, April 12, 250 middle and high school students from all across Louisiana arrived at The National WWII Museum for the National History Day State Contest. Months of research and planning went into these students’ projects which were conducted on historical topics of their own choosing. Many of the students selected their topics in the fall and then spent much of the spring conducting research online, in libraries and at historical sites and archives. With the option to create either an exhibit, a documentary, a performance, a website or a documentary, students could display their research in the way they deemed most effective.

The theme of the Contest was “Rights and Responsibilities in History,” and to address this theme, many students chose topics focused on civil rights issues, labor struggles and the history of gun control. Each student’s project was reviewed by a panel of judges, and students were granted 15 minutes to answer questions related to their research process.

The top 2 entries in each category were selected to represent Louisiana at the National History Day Contest to be held at the University of Maryland from June 15-19, 2014.

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