HUNDREDS OF AREA STUDENTS CONVERGE IN YOUNGSTOWN HISTORY DAY…AND ‘HERSTORY’ DAY


Karen S. Kastner Youngstown Ohio

By | Rust Belt Company

Date Modified: 2 May 2017 | Date Published:

Students at History Day, April 1, 2017, await judging in DeBartolo Hall on the YSU campus

Students at History Day, April 1, 2017, await judging in DeBartolo Hall on the YSU campus – Photo credit / Karen S. Kastner

Youngstown Ohio – (Karen Kastner) Dressed in their best clothing, area students stood proudly at the Youngstown Historical Center and Industry & Labor explaining their museum-ready exhibits on such diverse topics as 1920s flappers kicking up their heels for the Charleston and Rosa Parks boycotting that legendary bus in 1955 Montgomery, Alabama.

Remembering The Alamo Was The Focus Of One Of Many Student Group Projects Prepared For History Day – Photo Credit / Karen S. Kastner

At the “steel museum” and at various Youngstown State University buildings on April 1, 2017, fourth to 12th graders from Northeast Ohio displayed their websites highlighting topics like the life of Nelson Mandela and the circumstances surrounding the Little Steel Strike of 1937 Youngstown.

The Life Of Flappers Was Highlighted In One Of The Student Projects For YSU’s History Day Picture – Photo Credit / Karen S. Kastner

They had fashioned documentaries on controversial topics such as the Native American genocide in what is now America and the Kent State University shootings by the National Guardsmen May 4, 1970. At DeBartolo Hall, they gave performances in the spacious auditorium portraying subjects like women in the sciences and the intrepid journalist Nellie Bly.

Thirty-Five Judges Await Their Tasks at 2017 History Day Sponsored By The YSU History Department In DeBartolo Hall April 1 – Photo Credit / Karen S. Kastner

What’s more, they explained their research papers running the gamut of historical topics from Galileo Galilei and LGBTQ rights.

Hundreds of students and a total of about 35 judges converged at YSU for the annual History Day, in which many have participated for decades. The 2017 theme for the event was “taking a stand in history.”

The Spacious Lobby Of DeBartolo Hall At Youngstown State As History Day Commences April 1, 2017 – Photo Credit / Karen S. Kastner

The judges—ranging from YSU graduate and undergraduate students to professors and area historians—chose winners from Region 4 of the statewide contest. Those students advanced to the state competition at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.

Marilyn Monroe’s Career Was One Of The Subjects Of Student Projects For History Day – Photo Credit / Karen S. Kastner

Dr. L. Diane Barnes, history, coordinated the event, and History Department Chair Martha I. Pallante conducted the afternoon awards ceremony.

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