Iowa student will showcase history on Capitol Hill
For immediate release February 6, 2007


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES 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 Channel.

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

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 or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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