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2013 Annual Convention Highlights Conflict in the 1800s and North Carolina A to Z

The 2013 Annual Convention highlighted conflict in the 1800s and North Carolina A to Z. Workshops focused on article topics from the fall 2012 and spring 2013 issues of Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine.

 

THJHA sing the state song 

 

In a morning ceremony, Jessica Pratt, THJHA program coordinator, welcomed attendees and made announcements. Junior historians from the MUG T MES club, of Underwood Elementary School in Raleigh, led attendees in singing North Carolina’s state song, “The Old North State.” The club also was named the winner in the first THJHA Club T-Shirt Contest. This year’s attendance numbered over 350 junior historians, advisers, and family members.

 

The 2013 Annual Convention highlighted conflict in the 1800s and North Carolina A to Z. Workshops focused on article topics from the fall 2012 and spring 2013 issues of Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine.

 

THJHA attending the opening ceremony 



Students learned about the film industry in our state in the workshop How Iron Man 3 Came to North Carolina. In the Telling Time at Sea during the “Age of Sail” workshop, junior historians saw how sailors in the early 1800s kept track of time. Pottery has a long history in North Carolina, and participants in Dirt to Dish learned about redware traditions before making their own slip design. A session on “The Star Spangled Banner”: A BIG Story gave students the chance to hear more about our national anthem and the events that led up to its creation. In the Meet the Sauratown Woman workshop, junior historians learned about an American Indian woman who lived in the state in the 1600s. In Bound for Carolina, musicians entertained convention attendees with Scots-Irish music and stories. Students attending the ¡Bienvenidos a Carolina del Norte! workshop viewed images captured by award-winning photographer José Galvez and made their own papel picado. Variety Vacationland helped students learn about the Tar Heel State’s travel and postcard past; participants made postcards that would be mailed back to them later.

THJHA club enjoying the THJHA Gallery

 

The day also included a delicious lunch served by Gardner’s Barbecue of Rocky Mount. Participants who had reserved tickets enjoyed barbecue sandwiches, coleslaw, chips, beverages, and cookies.

 

THJHA annual convention

In the afternoon, everyone convened in the museum lobby. Dr. Kevin Cherry, deputy secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and a former junior historian, addressed the students and led the crowd in reciting the State Toast. Everyone was eager to learn who would win the top prizes in the 2013 THJHA Annual Contests.

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