Sarah Oltrogge, (515)
State University’s Parks Library & Special Collections in Ames walked
away with the top Kids Count! Award for Outstanding Service to Youth Researchers
today as part of the Celebrate Community History Awards ceremony at the State
The library was nominated
by National History Day students and their teachers prior to the state events
in April and early May. The award recognizes the best libraries, archives or museums
for their outstanding service to youth researchers.
Many students commented
on Parks Library’s archivists who allowed the students to look through boxes
of historical documents in order to complete their projects. Ranging from ancient
to modern sources, Parks Library proved to be an incredible asset to the National
History Day students.
Certificates of Recognition
were presented to the J. Raymond Chadwick Library at Iowa Wesleyan College, and
the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, S.D.
National History Day
is a year-long program which uses history to challenge students in grades 6-12
to improve their research, analytical and communication skills. In groups or individually,
students conduct research on topics related to a broad theme which changes annually.
The theme for 2004 is “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.”
“We are so pleased
to recognize institutions that make our students feel at home in their facility,”
said Naomi Peuse, National History Day in Iowa coordinator. “These professionals
are teaching and training our students in the field of research and playing a
significant role in their historical understanding.”
The Kids Count! Award
is sponsored by the State Historical Society, Inc. in Iowa City.
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