Home > News > National History Day brings the past to life

More News

Sharing hidden histories

Sharing hidden histories

History doctoral candidate Katrina Anderson collects books on Black female heroes to share with her daughter
 
WGCA All-American Scholars

Academic and athletic achievement for history major

Five Blue Hens named All-American Scholars by Women’s Golf Coaches Association
 
How I teach - world history

How I Teach — World History

Prof. Darryl Flaherty encourages students to develop a global lens through world history
 
CONNECT
Department of History FacebookDepartment of History Twitter

National History Day brings the past to life

Image Picker for Section 0
Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

Local students represent Delaware on national stage

image with a variety of pills and the text "The Vietman War: How the Debate Around Drug Abuse in the Military Live On. Abigail, Edris, Samira Delaware

​​

​Three Newark Charter High School students who participated in the National History Day in Delaware 2022 competition were selected to represent the state at the national competition. The Vietnam War: How the Debate Around Drug Abuse in the Military Lives On is a visual presentation and exhibit by Samira Morgan, Abigail Dorrell and Edris Kalibala.​

Three local Delaware high school students had the opportunity to share a slice of history on the national stage after being chosen to represent the State of Delaware during this spring's National History Day (NHD) in Delaware competition, an event sponsored by the University of Del​aware's Department of History.

The State of Delaware held its NHD presentations and evaluations at Newark High School on April 23. The Senior Division American History Award-winning exhibit, The Vietnam War: How the Debate Around Drug Abuse in the Military Lives On, was presented by Newark Charter High School's Samira Morgan, Abigail Dorrell and Edris Kalibala.

National History Day, a non-profit organization that operates an annual project-based contest for students in 6-12th grade, hosts three rounds of competition at the regional, state and national levels. The UD Department of History sponsors annual state event and funds a number of its awards, but also contributes to the event in several other ways.

“For years, we've been sending faculty members, as well as graduate and undergraduate students training to be K-12 teachers, to local schools to help students get ready for National History Day," said Darryl Flaherty, an associate professor in UD's history department and a judge at NHD's Delaware State Contest.

Each year, the NHD competition frames students' research within a historical theme, with the theme of the 2021-2022 competition titled Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. To compete, Morgan, Dorrell and Kalibala were challenged to create an exhibit, defined by NHD as both a visual representation of the group's research and an interpretation of the team's topic significance in history.

Flaherty was one of the judges that made the decision to send Morgan, Dorrell and Kalibala to nationals. According to him, what set the team apart from its competition was “their questioning and research process." To Flaherty, the team's exhibit moved through more challenging terrain than most—specifically, the broader scope of opioid addiction and drug abuse in U.S. history.

The team's findings were based on the oral histories of family members and contextualization in the broader history of drug use and abuse in warfare. According to Morgan, the team began to research the beginnings of the United States' opioid crisis, which led them to explore opioid abuse during the Vietnam War. “Learning about history means to us that we, as an American people, can learn from our mistakes," said Morgan." If we study those past mistakes, we could engineer a way to never let them reoccur."

To Flaherty, Morgan and her group's exhibit accomplished the goal of the competition: connecting students to the past to enable them to be more curious about history. “To understand the world we live in, you have to understand where it came from," said Flaherty.

“This project increased our research skills and shaped us to be better students, as well, because we realized the importance of meeting deadlines," said Morgan. Joined by her teammates, Morgan's exhibit showcased at the National History Day 2022 National Contest, which was held virtually from June 12 to 18.

When asked what her advice would be for those interested in the field of history, Morgan added, “Never stop being creative and utilizing all the resources you can get your hands on."​

Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

About National History Day in Delaware

National History Day (NHD) in Delaware is a statewide, year-long ​interdisciplinary program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for students in grades 6-12. It is organized, managed and hosted by the Delaware Historical Society in Wilmington.

“History is really the combination of engagement with the past and telling stories about the past that have meaning to that person telling the story. It's constantly reconstructed and made relevant in the present," said Flaherty. For him, that's what events like National History Day (in Delaware and nationally) are all about. “These students are all coming together and engaging with these different topics, and making it relevant for them and relevant in their present."​

Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

About the UD Department of History

​The UD Department of History empowers students to grapple with the complexities of the present by equipping them with a deeper understanding of the past. Within the department, students work closely with distinguished scholars and mentors whose areas of expertise span the globe. The department is also home to the popular UD Museum Studies Program, which engages with local museums and exhibits to provide research and learning opportunities for students interested in public history.​

Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

​Article by Gina Cosenza

Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

News Story Supporting Images and Text
Used in the Home Page News Listing and for the News Rollup Page
Local students represent Delaware on national stage
7/8/2022
No
Page Settings and MetaData:
(Not Shown on the Page)
Page Settings
National History Day brings the past to life
No
MetaData for Search Engine Optimization
National History Day brings the past to life