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Tarheel Jr Historians

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 Museum. The club is open to school-age boys and girls and meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm. Members recieve two magazines per year from the NC Museum of History and there are opportunities in the State Contest program. (see below for information about two awards we won last year!) 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) 
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2013 - 2014 Plans!
Meetings on 2nd Thursdays of the Month at 3:30 pm

 For information on the state-wide THJH club: 
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 ( ) 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 shape-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. River Clean Up - as part of our Service Project last spring, we adopted a stream through RiverLink and committed to two river cleanups per year for two years! We hope to do our first in August or September.
5. THJH Association State Contests - There are a variety of categories such as Essays, Artifact Find, Photography, Poetry and Service Project (see below for our awards from 2013 Convention). 

NEWS UPDATES (updated  4/27/13)

Asheville, NC - The Western North Carolina Historical Association and Smith-McDowell House Museum is pleased and proud to announce that their Tar Heel Junior Historians Association Chapter awarded 2013 History in Action Award and the 2013 Chapter of the Year Award.  The awards were presented at the state Tar Heel Junior Historians Association Convention on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, N.C.
The club was nominated for the Chapter of the Year award to recognize them for being one of the first Chapters in the state to be sponsored by a museum and for their many years of volunteer service to the Smith-McDowell House Museum. Lisa Whitfield, Advisor for the club said, “The certificate of the award will reside in a place of honor in the Smith-McDowell House Museum and also with a plaque in the Tar Heel Junior Historian exhibit at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh.” 
2013's  History in Action Award was sponsored by Coca-Cola and featured the theme of “Water”. The club chose to research the Great Flood of 1916 and learned much about the history of terrible disaster, including a story of a young girl and her father who were clinging to a tree while the waters raged. With the help of RiverLink, the club performed a river clean up along Hominy Creek. The club also volunteered with RiverLink to adopt a section of Ross Creek in east Asheville, a two-year commitment to a total of 4 cleanups at Ross Creek. Members of the club wrote a research paper to document the 1916 Flood and to describe their experience of cleaning up the river. They learned the power and importance of rivers and how clean water affects us all. “Their research paper and project photos will also be displayed at the NC Museum of History”, added Whitfield.


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