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History Day Contest open to elementary school kids

Staff reports

Children in Douglas schools are getting ready to dress in period costume and make presentations relating to history in the second annual National History Day contest.

National History Day is a nation-wide program encouraging students to study and learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events, says museum spokesperson Liz Paul.

Children in grades 4-12 have been invited to enter projects exploring the 1999 theme, “Science, Technology, Invention in History: Impact, Influence, and Change.”

Scarselli Elementary School teacher Sandra Coverley has challenged her students to develop projects using community resources.

“This is the second year my students have been involved in this program,” she said. “Even though the themes seem difficult, I’m amazed at the quality and creativity of the projects my students produce. This is a great way for them to get their ‘feet wet’ in history.”

Cody Burkhauser, a student in Coverley’s class, will be in the elementary division for grades 4 and 5. He is studying George Ferris, a Douglas County resident, famous for inventing the Ferris Wheel.

“I found out he got his idea from watching the water wheel underneath the Cradlebaugh Bridge. He wondered what it would be like to ride in one of the baskets,” Cody said.

Other divisions will be grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Prizes and awards will be given in these divisions and for four categories of projects, research papers, media project, exhibits and performances.

The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

The program begins at 1:30 p.m. and will feature the contest winners.

Nationally-known speaker James Holmes Armstead, visiting professor of National Security Department, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, will portray, in a Chautauqua-type presentation, Henry David Flipper, engineer of the Panama Canal.

This program is open to the public and is supported by the Nevada Humanities Committee.

“The public is invited to attend this excellent exhibit of our Carson Valleys’ students’ interest in history,” said Bobbie Williams, coordinator of the event.

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