National History Day has been providing Coupeville students with the opportunity to become better researchers, presenters, and communicators since 1983. On March 3rd, students will showcase the work they have completed for the Regional History Day competition to be held at Western Washington University the week of March 7th.
The theme this year – Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History – has allowed students to choose diverse topics including: George Vancouver’s exploration into the Pacific Northwest, Edward Jenner and the Smallpox vaccine, Cargo Containerization, and Existentialism. There will be two documentaries, one exhibit, and one performance at this event. Students will show how their topics meet of each of the theme components and how they researched.
Audience members help students prepare for their contest in March by providing positive feedback on presentation skills, by asking about research, by asking about theme, and about why the topics are historically significant.
Your participation at this event will be appreciated. This is a free event, open to the entire community, but donations in support of the program are always welcome and can be made through the Coupeville Foundation for Coupeville Schools and should be marked for History Day.
The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge is pleased to support History Day for Coupeville students by hosting this event at their Nordic Hall, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. The Hall is located at 63 Jacobs Rd., about one mile south of the intersection of Highway 20 & Main Street [in Coupeville].
On March 5th beginning at 5pm, Coupeville Middle and High School Students will be practicing their History Day presentations in the community meeting room at the Coupeville Public Library.
Nordic Lodge members hear a little about the planned presentations at their recent monthly meeting – from two participating students.
Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events is the theme for this year’s National History Day Competition. Coupeville has five entries this year. Three entries are in the senior division; two are in the junior division. Students are working on the following topics (1) Seabees (2) The deinstitutionalization of mental health facilities and how Service Alternatives created a unique service program for those who would have been previously confined to institutions (3) A labor strike by lumber workers in 1917 that led to significant changes in labor rights (4) D-Day ( 5) The Berlin Wall.
Members of the public are invited to attend this program to support participating students in practicing their presentations – and to learn a little history!