Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov,
MOINES) –Leah Bowman, a seventh-grade student
from Summit Middle School in Johnston, will be talking
to members of Congress on Thursday as part of a Congressional
reception hosted by National History Day and The History
Bowman was selected to talk about her
in-depth historical research and present her award-winning
dramatic performance, “Harmony Between Races:
Marian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt Take a Stand,”
for the event. Her performance took home a silver
medal at the 2006 National History Day national contest.
Other invited speakers at the event include: Allen
Weinstein, archivist of the United States; Sen. Tom
Harkin; Sen. Benjamin Cardin; Sen. Norm Coleman; Sen.
John Warner; Sen. Daniel Akaka and Libby O’Connell,
chief historian and senior vice president for corporate
outreach at The History Channel.
National History Day (NHD) is a nonprofit education
organization that delivers yearlong programs dedicated
to improving the teaching and learning of history.
NHD helps teachers meet educational standards; disseminates
high quality curriculum materials; and sponsors challenging
contests that teach students the critical skills they
need to be effective citizens in the 21st century.
Through NHD, students in grades 6-12 conduct in-depth
historical research – culminating in a demonstration
of knowledge and critical skills through the presentation
of documentaries, performances, exhibits and papers
to a panel of judges at district, state and national
levels. More than 1.5 million people – students
and teachers and parents– participate in its
instructional and research projects annually.
To learn more about or attend the Congressional reception,
contact Mark Robinson at 301-314-9739. For more information
about National History Day, visit the National History
Day web site at www.nhd.org.
The State Historical Society of Iowa plans and organizes
National History Day district and state contests in
Iowa, and is a trustee of Iowa’s historical
legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s
past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves,
manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical
resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education
serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates
research, disseminates information, and encourages
and supports historical preservation and education
efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org
or call 515-281-5111 for more information.
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