Annual Convention 2016
The Tar Heel Junior Historian Association held its 2016 Annual Convention on April 29 at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.
In a morning ceremony, Jessica Pratt, THJHA program coordinator, welcomed attendees and made announcements. Members from the MUG T MES club, of Underwood Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, led attendees in singing North Carolina’s state song, “The Old North State.”
And Dr. Kevin Cherry, Deputy Secretary for the state’s Archives, History, and Parks and former junior historian, led everyone in reciting the State Toast.
A member of the Morehead Elementary School Junior Historians was named the winner in the THJHA Club T-Shirt Contest. This year’s attendance numbered over 300 junior historians, advisers, and family members. In 2016 Annual Convention workshops, students explored the topics of Agriculture Then and Now and Say What? How Our Words Define Us.
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.
In the afternoon everyone convened in the museum’s auditorium. Museum Director Ken Howard welcomed the students and commended them for their important work of studying and sharing our state’s history. Everyone was eager to learn who would win the top prizes in the 2016 THJHA Annual Contests