Who's Who for Local History Day (2024)

Meet some of the people who will be hosting Local History Day at the Eric Morecambe Centre, Rothamsted Park on 20 April 2024.

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Any queries, questions or feedback on the Day contact:

Overall, FeedbackRoger Butterworth, Chairman 07410 133 555
High Sheriffvia Roger Butterworth
Mayor of Harpendenvia Roger Butterworth
Growth of Harpenden/Function Room 1Philip Smith, David Kendall
Other societies/AuditoriumChris Brimblecombe (or the society concerned)
PresentationsAmanda Thomas
MuseumPamela Doran
ArchiveRosemary Ross
Children’s CompetitionPamela Doran
Marshals, Photography, VolunteersAlan Bostock, Chief Marshal
Building, Catering, Facilities, First Aid, Lost ChildEMC Duty Manager (or any member of EMC staff)
Membership and DonationsJohn Bristow, John Wassell

You can ask any marshal to help direct you to, or to contact, a listed individual.

In detail:

A Message from our Honorary President

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Councillor Fiona Gaskell

Cllr Gaskell says, “I have had the honour to serve as Mayor of the Town for the current municipal year, which is my first year as a councillor of Harpenden Town Council. It has certainly been a busy year since, as well as being the Chairman of the Council, I have attended numerous events in and outside the town.

“One thing which has been clear to me throughout is how many lively voluntary organisations and societies we have in the town and how so many residents throw themselves into activities to contribute to their success. As a result, Harpenden is a thriving community.

“The Society is one such organisation in which I take a special interest, and I was pleased recently to be asked to be Honorary President, a role which passes on to my successors. I encourage as many people as possible to support the Local History Day 20 April and the Society in the future as it develops its range of activities.

I look forward to seeing you on 20 April.”

Councillor Fiona Gaskell
Mayor of Harpenden, President of the Society

About our Patron – Annie Brewster, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire 2024-25, appointed 17 April 2024

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Annie Brewster, High Sheriff

The office of High Sheriff is the oldest continuous non-religious office under the Crown, dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. The sheriff was responsible to the King for the maintenance of law and order within each shire and for the collection of taxes. Today’s law-enforcing sheriffs, all over the world, stem from this role.

Being independent and non-political, High Sheriffs are able to bring a wide variety of people together within the county, supporting the judges, police, magistrates, prison and probation services, the armed forces, emergency services and the many charities in Hertfordshire.

Annie lives in Wheathamstead, where she has served her community as a local councillor for over 17 years, being a Parish, District and County Councillor. Annie was Mayor of St Albans City & District in 2013, then the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Culture, Sport and Leisure, overseeing the development of the new Museum and Gallery, then the new Harpenden Leisure Centre and Eric Morecambe Centre.

Following a private confirmation ceremony by the King in March, Annie assumed the office of High Sheriff on 17 April in a service at St Albans Abbey. Annie was recently appointed Patron of the Society. Annie says, “I am particularly pleased to be renewing acquaintance with the EMC and look forward to participating in the Local History Day on 20 April.”

About our new Chairman – Roger Butterworth

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Roger Butterworth, Chairman

Roger first took an interest, which he emphasises remains completely amateur, in local history as a teenager. He spent his whole career in the City of London, from which he retired in 2020. Appointed Chairman in 2023, Roger came to his role at an exciting, yet challenging, time. After 20 years without a museum, and the Covid years, thanks to the Les Casey bequest and the hard work of dedicated trustees, we now have a spanking new Museum to be proud of and a well-organised archive room for our extensive documents and images.

Roger says:

“Members of the Society’s project team have been working for six months already to prepare for the Local History Day on 20 April. The purpose of the event is the sharing of our knowledge and enthusiasm.

“To make the most of 20 April and of the Society and all it has to offer, I invite interested residents of Harpenden and surrounding communities:

  • To volunteer to help on the day, for example as marshals, but in any event put the date in your diary and come along;
  • To volunteer to help in the Museum;
  • Use our website and visit the Museum;
  • Join the Society;
  • Take the opportunity to take an interest in the other participating societies on 20 April.”

“With the support of trustees and members, we have the opportunity to grow the Society and all we do.”

Do get in touch if you wish to join the Society, conduct research, volunteer in any capacity or have any questions: chairman@harpenden-history.org.uk

Who's Who for Local History Day (2024)


What is a good topic for NHD 2024? ›

The 2024 National History Day theme is "Turning Points in History." Each year the National History Day office selects a broad theme for the History Day contest.

What happens if you win NHD? ›

The awards for first, second, and third place at the national level are $1000, $500, and $250, respectively. "Outstanding Entry" awards are also given to two projects from each state: one junior entry and one senior entry. There are also more than a dozen special prizes awarded worth between $250 and $10,000.

How to choose an NHD topic? ›

Choose a topic that is interesting to you, that fits the annual theme, and that is not too big and not too small. Studying the entire American Revolution is probably too big. At the same time, studying one decision made by General George Washington on one day in the Revolutionary War might be too small.

What is your historical argument in NHD? ›

argument states the central point or focus of a project in two or three sentences. It is sometimes called a thesis or claim. A historical argument comes from carefully analyzing evidence from the past. It must make a meaningful connection to the theme and show why a topic is significant in history.

What are big turning points in history? ›

And there are so many to choose from: the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BCE), the Crusades (1096–1291), the American Revolution (1775–1783), the Taiping Rebellion (1850–1864), the Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996), and many more.

What are 3 written requirements for every NHD entry? ›

Formatting of Written Materials: All NHD entries must include written materials presented in the following order: (1) title page, (2) process paper, and (3) annotated bibliography. Students must print written materials on plain white 8.5 x 11-inch paper, with 1-inch margins on all sides, in 12-point font.

Is NHD good for college? ›

National History Day teaches critical thinking, writing, and research skills; prepares students for college, work, and citizenship; and inspires students to do more than they ever thought they could.

What happens if a student is caught using an old project for NHD? ›

National History Day–California follows the rules established for the National History Day program and contest. Review the rules carefully to avoid disqualification for rules violations. Plagiarism or use of a previous year's project will result in immediate disqualification.

How many kids participate in NHD? ›

Annually, more than 600,000 middle and high school students participate in NHD by creating presentations that bring primary-source research to life through table-top exhibits, documentaries, live performances, Web sites and research papers.

What are good topics for NHD? ›

Primary Sources for Possible NHD Topics Turning Points
  • Lexington and Concord.
  • Gettysburg and Vicksburg.
  • Spanish American War.
  • United States Enters World War I.
  • D-Day: Normandy Landings.
  • Tonkin Gulf Incident.
  • Drafting the Declaration of Independence.
  • Constitution and Bill of Rights.

How to win History Day? ›

Be ready to answer questions such as, "Why is this topic important to you?" or "How did your topic affect history?" If you really don't know, don't try to bluff—say "I don't know." contest, you can be graded down or disqualified if you don't follow one of the rules. Read them carefully.

What grades participate in NHD? ›

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, Web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history.

What is the NHD theme for 2024? ›

2024 Theme Book: Turning Points in History - National History Day.

How to write a NHD conclusion? ›

Ideally, your conclusions will closely relate to the NHD theme. For example, if the NHD theme is The Individual in History, a project about Martin Luther King's philosophy of nonviolence might conclude that King's reading of Mahatma Gandhi was key to the tactics he used in the Civil Rights movement.

How to write a NHD thesis? ›

Summarize your information into a two sentence thesis. The first sentence should be a summary of the 5W's of your topic. The second sentence should explain the impact your topic had in history.

What day is National History Day 2024? ›

After spending months on project research and preparation, and successfully competing at local and affiliate contests, student scholars are invited to share their work at the National Contest. The 2024 National Contest will be June 9-13, 2024 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

What makes a good NHD project? ›

Analyze the short-term and long-term causes of your historical event. Integrate multiple perspectives throughout your historical argument. Use information that you have verified is historically accurate. Draw evidence-based conclusions about the significance of your topic in history.

What are the five NHD categories? ›

National History Day® (NHD) offers five categories in the Junior and Senior divisions, and both individual and group participation options are available in the documentary, exhibit, performance, and website categories. The paper category is individual only.

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