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Children’s history contest, historic personage portrayal coming to museum

Staff reports

Children’s history projects and a nationally known speaker are on tap at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center Feb. 27 for the National History Day Contest.

The second annual event is open to the public and will feature the contest winners from three age groups, grades 4 and 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 12.

The children have been invited to enter projects exploring the theme, “Science, Technology, Invention and History: Impact, Influence and Change.” Prizes and awards will be given in four categories, research papers, media projects, exhibits and performances.

Nationally-known speaker James Homes Armstead, visiting professor of National Security Department, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, will portray Henry David Flipper, engineer for the Panama Canal.

Flipper was the first black graduate of West Point, and after graduating, he joined the black cavalry in the West known as the Buffalo Soldiers.

The role of these troops in the 1880s was the pacification of the western frontier.

Seeing little future for himself as an officer in a segregated Army, Flipper embarked on an engineering career which led to his becoming a key participant in the building of the Panama Canal.

The program is supported by the Nevada Humanities committee and is coordinated by a teacher of gifted and talented students in Douglas County schools, Bobbie Williams.

The program begins at 1:30 p.m. and will feature the contest winners. For more information, call the museum at 782-2555.

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