Igniting the “history fire” of passion in a student, or drowning in the feeling of selecting History Day topics.
A barrier in getting students (or anyone, for that matter) interested in history is that most topics seem irrelevant. For example, from a young student’s perspective, most history is outside of their normal world: “it’s old,” or “it has absolutely nothing to do with my life today.”
My passion for history developed when discovering that it’s in (and under) my own backyard. While I was a student, I had the opportunity to work with professionals who taught me the techniques and skills to uncover the mysteries of the past. I had the opportunity to unravel the documents and dig the artifacts to find previously untold stories and lives forgotten in time, or for example, dig into those local controversies and compromises between past neighbors (and invaders!).
The excitement of searching and finding a long-lost piece of local history is powerful – and it’s possible at your local museum or library.
- Laurie Pasteryak Lamarre, Executive Director of the Connecticut League of History Organizations