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East Tennessee District National History Day Educates Future Historians

The Department of History is celebrating its fourteenth year of partnership with the East Tennessee Historical Society to co-sponsor the East Tennessee District of the National History Day Program. This project-based, research intensive middle and high school competition program has grown from 75 students and less than five schools in its first year, to more than 4,000 students throughout the East Tennessee region. The 2015 competition was held at the Carolyn P. Brown University Center on Friday, March 6. As in prior years, the success of the students at this level, and on through the state and national competitions (including numerous national silver and gold medalists from the East Tennessee District) is due in large part to the support of the department. Specifically, each judging team working with students features a faculty member or graduate student, and often two of the three team members are from the department.  This department-wide commitment to teaching our future historians the critical aspects of the historical method, as well as supporting the educational work of the East Tennessee Historical Society, is recognized throughout the state and nation as a successful and significant outreach program of the department