Tarheel Junior Historians – SMH over History Club

Sponsored by the NC Museum of History, the Smith-McDowell House chapter of the Tar Heel Junior Historians Association is a vital part WNCHA’s programing.For more of the state-wide club, visit http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/learning/tar-heel-junior-historian-association

Our Chapter (nicknamed SMH over History) is open to school-age boys and girls and meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm (August – May/June).

Members receive two magazines per year from the NC Museum of History and there are opportunities in the StateContestprogram. http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/learning/tar-heel-junior-historian-association/tar-heel-junior-historian-association-annual

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.

Members may also join our Facebook group: SMH Tar Heel Junior Historians. It is a private group which means you have to ask to be a member and we only accept our club members.

Our focus is on the following activities, 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. Smith-McDowell House – Members learn about the history of the House and participate in various volunteer opportunities and leadership roles 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.
  3. Service Project – We can participate in the History In Action Award program from the state Tar Heel Jr Historians Association. The Service Project will be discussed at our first meetings.
  4. 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 fall.
  5. North Carolina History/Social Studies – Lessons and activities help our members learn more about their state like the State Song and the State Toast as well as historical topics.

For more information, email: [email protected].

Want to know more about the Hart Square reenactment? Check out the slide show HERE and see if it inspires you to join us!!

Want to  know more about the State Contests? You have to be a member to participate, but this slide show might just make you want to participate!! HERE 


Meetings on 2nd Thursdays of the Month at 3:30 pm
No summer meetings – we will begin again in August.
New members WELCOME!

Our January club meeting featured a lesson about NC’s three geographic regions (the Mountain, the Piedmont and the Coastal Plain). Lillian taught about the Mountains, Miss Lisa taught about the Piedmont and Celsea taught about the Coastal plain. Then we took strips of paper with facts about the regions and sorted them into the three regions. Hardest part was the square miles in the region and the average high and low temperatures. Not bad!!

Our members are encouraged to submit an entry in the THJHA State Contests for 2019. Many categories are offered. Submissions are due by Feb 20 to Miss Lisa so that they can get to Raleigh by March 9. Use the Google Drive (you should know how to find it) to see the requirements and entry form.

Here’s a few photos from November when we decorated the Christmas Tree at Smith-McDowell House. All the decorations were made by our members!!