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NEH Sponsors Congressional Breakfast with National History Day Students

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2014) – Come meet the nation’s most promising young historians at a Capitol Hill breakfast on Wednesday, June 18 for the participants in the 2014 National History Day competition.

At 8:30 a.m. on June 18, middle and high school students from around the country who have won regional and state competitions in the year-long National History Day program will gather at the Rayburn House Office Building (Room B339) for a celebratory breakfast with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) before meeting with their respective state Congressional delegations on the Hill.

National History Day is a national year-long academic program that engages 6th t0 12th grade students in historical research. The program was recognized at the White House with a prestigious 2011 National Humanities Medal. Each year, more than half a million students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research to prepare original papers, websites, exhibits, performances, and documentaries for entry into local, state, and national History Day competitions. The program culminates in a national contest, which this year will be held from June 15-19 at the University of Maryland, focusing on the theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”

Congratulate the National History Day students and follow along with the Twitter hashtags: #NEHHistoryBuff and #NHD2014

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been a supporter of National History Day since the program began in 1965. NEH grants were instrumental in helping National History Day grow from a pilot start-up project in Ohio into a national program that now operates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and in international schools in China, Korea and South Asia.  NEH sponsors sixteen National History Day awards for first place submissions across several categories, as well as a special Chronicling America prize for the best use of the NEH- and Library of Congress-supported Chronicling America historic newspaper database in a student project.

National Endowment for the Humanities Capitol Hill Breakfast with National History Day Students

WHAT:     Meet 6-12th grade students and history teachers from around the country participating in the 2014 National History Day contest  

WHO:    Featuring student presentations of National History Day projects, and remarks by Carole Watson, Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by Dr. Cathy Gorn, Executive Director of National History Day

WHEN:    Wednesday, June 18, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
        
WHERE:    Rayburn House Office Building, B339, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515         
        
Join the event on social media with the hashtags: #NEHHistoryBuff and #NHD2014

Members of the press should R.S.V.P. to Paula Wasley at pwasley@neh.gov or (202) 606-8424

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About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

Media Contacts: Paula Wasley at (202) 606-8424 or pwasley@neh.gov