Sunday, May 30, 2010

City Celebrations This Summer

Many of the Story County communities have celebrations during the summer that include their historical societies.  The 2010 celebrations include:
  • Story City Scandinavian Days - June 4-6.  The 2010 theme is May The Norse Be You.
  • Cambridge Jubilee Days - June 11 - 13.  The complete schedule is on the city website.
  • Slater Fourth of July - July 2 - 3.
  • Maxwell Old Settlers Picnic - August 5 -8.  The 2010 theme is Knowing the Past, Growing for the Future.  Initial details can be found in this Tri-County Times article.
  • Huxley Prairie Fest - August 27 - 29.  See their website for more details.
  • Nevada Lincoln Highway Days - August 27 - 29.  See their website for the complete schedule.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Congratulations to National History Day Finalists!

National History Day is an academic-enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The year-long academic adventure fosters students’ enthusiasm for learning and encourages them to use primary, secondary, community and statewide resources on a subject of their choice related to an annual theme. The theme for 2010 is “Innovation in History: Impact and Change.”  It is coordinated in Iowa by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

From this years National History Day competition in Iowa there are four Story County students who are advancing to the National Contest in June at the University of Maryland.

In the senior division (grades 9-12), Mikayla Sullivan of Ames High School was chosen in the Individual Documentary category for "Barren to Fields of Plenty".  Her teacher is Dianne Hugdahl.

The junior division (grades 6-8) competitors advancing from Story County were:  Tyler Ronca from the Ballard Junior High School in the Historical Paper category for "Louis Braille: Giving the Treasure of Sight to the Blind" (teacher: Alison Peterson) and Paige Plate and Hanna Bell from the Nevada Middle School in the Web Sites category for "Factory Safety Regulations: From the Ashes of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire" (teacher: Karen Ross).

Additional information about the senior division competition and the junior division competition includes the other Iowa contestants who are advancing to the national competition.

Congratulations to all the students who competed in this and thank you to all their teachers!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Story City - Lincoln and Iowa - May 6 and 7, 2010

The travelling exhibit Lincoln and Iowa will be visiting Story City, Iowa on May 6 and 7, 2010.  This is the first History on the Move exhibit from the State Historical Society of Iowa.  The free semi-trailer exhibit will be in the Story City Pool parking from 9:00 to 6:00 on Thursday and 9:00 to 5:00 on Friday.  More information about Lincoln's connection to Iowa in this bicentennial news release.