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NEW MEXICO STUDENT PROJECT SELECTED FOR SHOWCASE AT THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

WHO: NM National History Day contender, 7th grader Lillah Berkson
WHAT: NHD exhibit showcase
WHERE: Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
WHEN: Wednesday, June 14th, 10am to 5:30pm
CONTACT: New Mexico History Day State Coordinator, Heather McClenahan, HistoryDay@NMHumanities.org.

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Lillah Berkson, a 7th grade student at Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy in Las Cruces, will have her National History Day exhibit featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on Wednesday, June 14th. 

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for sixth to twelfth-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of contests at the local and affiliate levels and an annual national competition in the nation’s capital in June.

Next week, 2,649 students from 54 NHD affiliates will arrive in College Park, Maryland to compete at the NHD National Contest. These students were mentored by 1,114 teachers.

NHD Exhibit Showcase at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

  • Title: Adolf Hitler: A Pioneer Of Propaganda In The Media
  • Student: Lillah Berkson
  • Teacher: Morgan Harding
  • School: Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy (Las Cruces)
  • Student projects can be viewed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on Wednesday, June 14th, 2023 from 10am to 5:30pm.

2022 - 2023 THEME:

FRONTIERS IN HISTORY: PEOPLE, PLACES, IDEAS

People, places, and ideas can all be frontiers. The 2023 theme invites consideration of time and place, cause and effect, change over time, and impact and significance. Students were encouraged to select topics in history where a frontier has been crossed. Once a frontier is crossed, history changes. In addition to geography, frontiers encompass topics in the history of science, art, technology, medicine, religion, politics, social change, or the military.

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ABOUT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY® (NHD):

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family Foundation, The Better Angels Society, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. For more information, visit NHD.org.

ABOUT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY® IN NEW MEXICO:

History Day in New Mexico is open to elementary, middle, and high school students statewide. The program is organized and sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council. NMHC offers online and in-person professional development for teachers as well as student events.