‘Doing’ history

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Thank you for the coverage of National History Day at the Heinz History Center in last Sunday’s Post-Gazette (“Students Bring History Alive for the Weekend,” March 2). This competitive program brings out the best in social studies education with a focus on inquiry, research and presentation. Students get the opportunity to “do history.”

At a time when social studies has been neglected to concentrate on testing, History Day is a breath of fresh air. It demonstrates what students can do in social studies, which prepares everyone for life in a democratic society.

Western Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies is proud to support History Day with the Albert Goldsmith Award for the Outstanding Individual Exhibit with a focus on local history. Exhibits by Victoria Hudson, “H.J. Heinz and the Pure Food and Drug Act,“ and Missouri O’Brian, “Accounting for the Great Flood 1889: Negligence and Liability,” were selected this year to each receive a certificate and a $50 check.

Penn Hills

The writer is a retired social studies teacher and an editor for the Western Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies.

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