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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release November 29, 2011

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Barnes & Noble book fair focuses on history education

Saturday event supports National History Day in Iowa program

DES MOINES – Barnes & Noble will host a book fair Saturday to support the National History Day in Iowa program, which is administered by the Department of Cultural Affairs.

The book fair will be 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at all Barnes & Noble book stores in Iowa, including the store at 4550 University Avenue in West Des Moines where vouchers will be available on site. Contact Millie Frese at millie.frese@iowa.gov to receive a voucher for purchases at other Barnes & Noble book stores.

In addition, the public can visit www.bn.com/bookfairs and enter book fair ID 10560126 at the checkout to support NHD in Iowa on-line Dec. 4-8, 2011.

Support for NHD in Iowa through the book fair does not require an additional charge. Barnes & Noble will direct a portion of sales that include a voucher or book fair ID to the NHD in Iowa program.

National History Day is an academic-enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The year-long academic adventure fosters students’ enthusiasm for learning and encourages them to use primary, secondary, community and statewide resources on a subject of their choice related to an annual theme.

Students compete in school, district and state contests each year to represent Iowa at the National History Day contest at the University of Maryland, where they compete against nearly 2,500 students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and Shanghai, China, for scholarships and prizes.

Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students compete in a variety of categories, including historical papers, individual and group exhibits, documentaries, performances and Web sites. Students in grades 9-12 compete in the senior division while students in grades 6-8 compete in the junior division. Students in grades 4-5 may participate in the non-competitive Iowa Youth Division.

In addition to discovering the world of the past, the NHD program helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

• critical thinking and problem-solving skills
• research and reading skills
• oral and written communication and presentation skills
• self-esteem and confidence
• a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process

The NHD program in Iowa has been coordinated by DCA since 1994 and is sponsored by the State Historical Society, Inc., and the History Channel. More information about NHD in Iowa is available at www.iowahistory.org or by contacting Millie Frese at 515-281-6860 or millie.frese@iowa.gov.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.
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