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NEH Presents 'Ask An Expert' Google + Hangouts for National History Day Students

January 23, 2014

WASHINGTON , Jan. 23 -- The National Endowment for the Humanities issued the following news release: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National History Day (NHD) will introduce the more than 600,000 students participating in National History Day contests to prominent public historians in a series of NEH Google+ Hangouts that give a behind-the-scenes look at NEH-supported exhibitions, films, and online projects. Museum and media professionals participating in the "Ask an Expert" NEH Google+ Hangouts will offer first-hand strategies for creating engaging exhibitions, documentary films, and websites. The Hangouts will introduce National History Day student participants --who complete their own projects in these categories-- to techniques for historical research and powerful storytelling. Three NEH grantees will teach students about the craft of researching and producing websites, exhibitions, and documentaries, using their NEH-funded projects as examples. Louise Lippincott , Chief Curator at the Carnegie Museum of Art will present the website for Teenie Harris , Photographer: An American Story ( http://www.neh.gov/explore/teenie-harris-archive ); Brian Horrigan , Exhibit Curator, Minnesota Historical Society will present the The 1968 Exhibit ( http://www.neh.gov/explore/the-1968-project ); and Laurie Kahn , film director/producer, will present the documentary A Midwife's Tale ( http://www.neh.gov/explore/dohistory ). Participants in the NEH Google+ Hangouts can ask a question using the Twitter hashtag: #NHDHangouts. National History Day is a year-long academic program in which students grades 6-12 conduct original historical research for papers, exhibits, websites, documentaries, and public performances. Each year students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia , U.S. territories and in international schools overseas compete in local, regional, and state competitions for a chance to win a spot at the national finals. Watch an NEH video on the National History Day competition ( http://www.neh.gov/films/national-history-day-2013 ). NEH has been a supporter of National History Day since the program began in 1965. In addition to sponsoring sixteen National History Day awards ( http://www.neh.gov/news/thirty-middle-and-high-school-students-named-national-endowment-the-humanities-scholars-2013 ) for first place submissions across a range of categories, NEH also awards a National History Day prize for the best use of Chronicling America ( http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ ) --a searchable online database of historic newspapers produced and maintained through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress -- in a student project. EDSITEment ( http://edsitement.neh.gov/ ), NEH's educational website, also created a set of online resources around Chronicling America ( http://edsitement.neh.gov/what-chronicling-america ) to assist students and educators in using the newspapers in historical research. Register here to participate in these upcoming "Ask an Expert" NEH Google + Hangouts ( http://www.nhd.org/hangouts.htm ). "Ask an Expert:" Websites -- Tuesday, January 28 , 7-8 pm EST / 4-5 pm PT Louise Lippincott , Chief Curator of Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art will lead the NEH Google+ Hangout on Websites, presenting on their experiences building the website and online archive for the NEH-supported exhibition Teenie Harris , Photographer: An American Story . "Ask an Expert:" Exhibitions-- Thursday, January 30 , 7-8 pm EST / 4-5 pm PT Brian Horrigan , Exhibit Curator, Minnesota Historical Society will lead the NEH Google+ Hangout on Exhibitions, sharing a behind-the-scenes look at his work putting together the NEH-supported exhibition The 1968 Exhibit. "Ask an Expert:" Documentaries-- Thursday, February 6 , 7-8 pm EST / 4-5 pm PT Laurie Kahn , film director/producer, will lead the NEH Google+ Hangout on Documentaries, using her NEH-support film A Midwife's Tale, based on the diary of an 18th century midwife, as an example. To submit a question for an "Ask the Expert" NEH Google+ Hangout, use the hashtag #NHDHangouts National History Day will also partner with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Newseum to offer Google+ Hangouts for students preparing National History Day entries in the categories of "Performances" and "Papers" on January 21 and February 26 , respectively. Registration information and a complete list of NHD Google+ Hangouts is available at: http://www.nhd.org/hangouts.htm TNS 30BautistaJude 140124-4612438 30BautistaJude


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