More than 400 students, advisers and parents from across North Carolina gathered at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh for the 2011 Tar Heel Junior Historian Association (THJHA) Annual Convention. Students learned about secret coded communication in the Civil War, childrens chores on antebellum farms, and more.
The awards ceremony recognized junior historians for outstanding projects, and those will be showcased in an exhibit Oct. 21. Winners from Mecklenburg County included Nate Lueders, first in the video documentary contest, and Connor Willis, tied for first in the essay contest, both from Cotswold Elementary; and Clara Gerdes, second in the historic architecture photography contest (institutional/public buildings category) for her East View of Philanthropic Hall, Davidson College and Martha Gerdes, winner in the artifact search contest, both of Davidson Homeschool.
Any group of students in grades 4-12 with an adult adviser can form a Tar Heel Junior Historian club and join the association: Click on Junior Historians at ncmuseumofhistory.org.