Tar Heel Junior Historian Association

Imagine being part of a group that helped raise awareness and funding to restore the historic carousel at Raleigh’s Pullen Park. Or picture yourself in a group that discovered and documented a forgotten cemetery in New Bern. What if your research and activism resulted in the U.S. Coast Guard’s awarding a posthumous medal to the all–African American crew of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station 100 years after a heroic rescue?

These projects were accomplished by students in North Carolina. They represent just a fraction of the work that has been done by Tar Heel Junior Historian Association (THJHA) clubs across the state.

Since 1953, THJHA has been inspiring North Carolina’s young people to discover the local and state history surrounding them—and to take action. Students in grades four through twelve can form a THJHA club, as long as it includes one adult adviser. Membership in the association is FREE!

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THJHA clubs may be sponsored by public, private or home schools, or by other organizations such as museums and historical societies, 4-H groups, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. Clubs can be any size, from one student and one adviser to hundreds of students and several advisers. Clubs must renew their membership each school year.

Joining our organization is simple, adult sponsors simply need to complete an online application form. For more information contact Jessica Pratt, Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Coordinator by email, or at (919) 807-7985.

Tar Heel Junior Historians in Action

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N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
109 East Jones Street MSC 4601 |  Raleigh, NC 27699-4601
Phone: (919) 807-7300  | Fax: (919) 733-1620

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