Today Dr. Gorn is in a place with a history steeped in trade. Its favorable port location made it an important market and trading post for European interests in the 19th century. In fact the city’s favorable economic and trade opportunities survived numerous wars and conflicts, including First Opium War and Japanese occupation during World War II. Today this city remains an important center of commerce between the East and the West. Where in the world is Dr. Gorn today?
Dr. Gorn is stopping off in a country that’s almost two times the size of the United States! This country is also home to this monument (The Motherland Calls), which marks a much contested hill during what many consider the turning point of World War Two. The battle that occurred in this city stopped Hitler’s advance on the Eastern Front during the War, and it was only a few short years afterwards that the Allies claimed victory! Today we use monuments to remember the past. Before this trip is in the past, where in the world is Dr. Gorn?
Today Dr. Gorn is heading “North to the Future” and visiting the “last frontier,” checking out some glaciers, and might even get to see the third longest river in the US. She’s visiting a place where there are more than 70 potentially active volcanoes. This location is 488 times larger than Rhode Island and home to over 700,000 residents, many of whom work in the oil, tourism, and fishing industries. Maybe she’ll have salmon for dinner while the sun is still up….Where in the world is Dr. Gorn?
Today Dr. Gorn is in the Heart of the San Ramon Valley. This area was first populated by Indians who camped on nearby Mount Diablo, and later it was known as Rancho San Ramon. Americans first settled here during the Gold rush. However, the town didn’t really boom until the Southern Pacific Railroad came in 1891, the town’s economy boomed and has continued to do so today. Quick, before she rushes off to her next destination, where in the world is Dr. Gorn?!
The longest drum rolls often end with the biggest symbol smash, and we know you have been waiting for weeks for this announcement! HISTORY® and National History Day (NHD) staff were overwhelmed by the participation and responses to the contest. It took a great deal of time to go through the amazing work submitted by everyone who participated.
Thank you to HISTORY® for sponsoring this original learning opportunity, and awarding each of the winners $500.00! The winners, and their winning tweets are:
- @SimplyDreamingX @NationalHistory That our Veterans are more than soldiers. They’re husbands & wives, fathers & mothers, sons & daughters. #Sacrifice4Freedom
- @MacEscalante You, just like the loved ones you lost, are also heroes for unselfishly sharing their lives for freedom and peace of all #Sacrifice4Freedom
- @justjanie09 @NationalHistory A nation’s bond in wartime creates a nation of citizens rather than one of blacks&whites or men&women…#Sacrifice4Freedom
- @kaylieoco I am grateful that I have both the right to participate in the government and the responsibility to preserve democracy. #Sacrifice4Freedom
- @leahs333 I would like to thank the men who died in D-Day, fighting for their lives, and making history. #Sacrifice4Freedom#biondhist
Be sure to watch for new NHD Twitter Contests later this year.
Summer is the reason to be a teacher. Those early morning alarms get set later, books set aside during the academic year can be read, and there is time to process, plan, and consider your goals for the next academic year.
As you plan for your goals, please consider the National History Day (NHD) online graduate course being offered through the University of San Diego. We are offering an online graduate course designed with busy teachers in mind. The class will be chunked into sections based on the grade a person teaches, the number of students taught, and years of experience with NHD. There are ideas to be learned for rookies and veterans. Sections will be led by master NHD teachers who will offer tips, insights, and problem-solving strategies.
WHY NHD YOU ASK?
- NHD is a program with proven educational impacts (read more at http://www.nhd.org/NHDworks.htm). The NHD program aligns with Common Core standards and the C3 Framework.
- It’s a bargain! The course costs $600, but this fee includes three graduate credits from the University of San Diego as well as all materials and instruction.
- Busy schedule? The course is online and more flexible for parents and those with summer plans.
We know that in many schools, NHD is a collaborative effort between Social Studies, English / Language Arts teachers, and school librarians. At NHD, we consider ALL of these teachers to be NHD teachers, and this graduate class is designed to address all of these groups. If you collaborate with teachers in your building, you can take the course as a collaborative group. For more information, please contact Lynne O’Hara at Lynne@nhd.org.
During the 2014 National History Day Contest, a historical moment happened in the Twitterverse! National History Day students were buzzing with Twitter activity thanks to Southwest Airlines for sponsoring #SWAhistory contest. Throughout the contest students had the opportunity to participate in a Twitter scavenger hunt that took them all over the University of Maryland at College Park campus. Participants had to get creative in order to win, but at the end of the week one stood out.
Hannah Hakim, @Hannah_Hakim, quickly completed the entire scavenger hunt and came up with some of the most original posts. Example:
— Hannah Hakim (@Hannah_Hakim) June 15, 2014
To see the rest of the tweets from the contest, be sure to search #SWAhistory on Twitter. Thank you to Southwest Airlines for their sponsorship!