AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXX, No. 2, Fall 1998


History of Science and Technology Featured for 1999 National History Day

During the 1998-1999 school year, National History Day will invite students to research topics related to the theme "Science, Technology, Invention in History: Impact, Influence, Change." National History Day is an independent non-profit organization which sponsors annual competitions on historical topics for students in grades 6-12. Modeled on the scholastic science fair, teams of students research topics related to the nation-wide theme, and produce History Day entries in one of several formats -- written papers, table-top exhibits, theatrical performances, or multimedia presentations. Contests are held at regional, state, and finally the national level. Over 500,000 students participate in the competition. The year-long National History Day competition is an exciting way for them to study and learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The choice of science and technology as subject for the coming year reflects the gradually growing awareness that the topic is indispensable to an understanding of human history.

The national finals will be held June 13-17, 1999. For information, contact: National History Day, 0119 Cecil Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742; phone 301-314-9739; e-mail, or see their website at

The History of Science Society's Committee on Education helped prepare this initiative, and seeks historians to volunteer to serve as resource persons for students and teachers or as judges in the competitions, which will be held in the late spring. Those interests should contact the Committee's chair, Rich Kremer, Department of History, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755; phone 603-646-2228; Fax 603-646-3353; e-mail

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