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History Club

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To foster a love of history, as well as encourage safe socialization in the age of COVID-19, the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is starting History Club! This semester, History Club will focus on Oral History and culminate in an oral history interview project.

The boxes below highlight the topics of this 10-week club, which starts the week of September 21st (no History Club during fall break or Thanksgiving week). Middle School students meet on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 PM and High School students meet Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 PM at the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center. Students are encouraged to arrive between 4:30-4:45 for snack/socializing time before programming begins at 5:00.  In compliance with Hamilton County Department of Health guidelines, students are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.  Thanks to our generous sponsors, History Club is free for students.

All Middle and High School students are invited to apply HERE. You will be contacted no later than Wednesday, September 16th if we have secured your spot in History Club. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Week 1: Orientation

Overview of History Club, the Medal of Honor, and the character values of patriotism, citizenship, courage, integrity, sacrifice, and commitment.

Week 2: Historian's Craft

Identify and practice the skills of a historian like sourcing, contextualizing,and corroborating.

Week 3: Artifacts

Hear from our Curator as she gives a behind-the-scenes look at our collection and explains the accessioning process.

Week 4: Oral History Project

Overview of the culminating Oral History Project and brainstorming to identify potential topics.

Week 5: Oral History Interviews

Lesson with practice on how to conduct an oral history interview.

Week 6: Temporary Exhibit

Curator's Tour of the temporary exhibit, "The Creation of National Memory: Henry Boynton and the Founding of Chickamauga Battlefield" with discussion.

Week 7: Veteran Roundtable

Practice conducting an oral history interview with veterans, in honor of Veterans Day.

Week 8: Living History

Explore the world of Living History and practice creating an impression.

Week 9: Project Work Time

Collaborate with other History Club Members and get advice from the staff on the Oral History Project.

Week 10: Presentations & Celebration

Presentations of the Oral History Projects and celebration with special guests, including awards and scholarships.