THE WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION PRESENTS:
Tarheel Jr Historians
SMH over History
Sponsored by the NC Museum of History, the Smith McDowell House chapter of the Tar Heel Junior Historians Association is a vital part of the Center. The club is open to school-age boys and girls and meets on the
2nd Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm (August - May).
Members recieve two magazines per year from the NC Museum of History and there are opportunities in the State Contest program. (see below for the link to the state club).
The club is open at any time in the year to school-age students (grades 1 - 12)There is a small registration fee of $10 ($5 for each eligible sibling) that helps to defray some costs of programming and supplies. (Parents generally participate in the meetings and younger siblings are welcome) New members are always welcome to visit for a couple of meetings before making the decision to join.
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our focus is on the following activites, but we also include other lessons and programs:
1. Reenactment of a One-Room Schoolhouse at Hart Square in Hickory, NC ( http://www.catawbahistory.org/hart_square.php
) We do this in period costume with teenage members as teachers.
2. Appalachian Music - Members who play instruments are encouraged to bring their instruments to meetings and learn traditional Appalachian songs. We also are learning to sing with shaped-note music, too.
3. Smith-McDowell House - Members learn about the history of the old house and participate in various volunteer opportunities such as operating some of our hands-on tools and machines (like the butter churn, the corn sheller and grinder and washing machine) on Living History Day. Our members are also called upon to act as assistants with the Crafty Historian events on 3rd Saturdays and other events.
4. Service Project - We participate in the History In Action Award program from the state Tar Heel Jr Historians Association. Our 2017 project is to be decided, but we are considering developing a lesson kit that teachers can check out from the Asheville History Center at Smith-McDowell House to help their students learn about their county and their communities.
5. THJH Association State Contests - There are a variety of categories such as Essays, Artifact Find, Photography, Poetry, Literature and Art. Rules and requirements are designated by the THJHA and detailed information is available in the late fall.
NEWS UPDATES (updated May 1, 2016)
THJHA Convention 2016. Raleigh, NC Our club received 4 2nd place awards, the Genealogy Award and recognition for our History In Action project with the Asheville Humane Society. The Genealogy Award project will be displayed at the NC Museum of History until next spring. It is a scrapbook about the ancestor of one of our members. He was held in the Salisbury Prison Camp during the Civil War.
CONGRATS TO ALL OUR WINNERS and TO ALL WHO ENTERED CONTEST ENTRIES! ! ! !
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