Ah, the struggle.
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.”
Let’s break down that barrier: in every city, town, neighborhood, and village of Connecticut, there are histories (and their mysteries) just waiting to be found, researched, and solved. Every student (and person) living in this state has a direct connection to our shared history – we are a part it; everyday, we create more history simply by living. It’s relevant when we’re living it, and for a student, that opens an avenue for discovery.
Now, at the Connecticut League of History Organizations, we connect history professionals and heritage organizations. Our organization’s mission is to build connections among those who preserve and share the stories and objects of our past. Our statewide partners like Connecticut Explored and ConnecticutHistory.org help share resources that tell local stories from your local historical society and libraries. When it comes to the places – and the minds – who hold the resources, documents, artifacts, and knowledge, CLHO can help connect your student (or you!) with our community members, who might open the door to help you discover your backyard history.
- Laurie Pasteryak Lamarre, Executive Director of the Connecticut League of History Organizations