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For Students:

9th Annual Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award Contest -- February - May 2015

Every winter the Exeter Historical Society invites students in grades 6 to 12 to compete for the Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award in honor of our esteemed former curator for her invaluable contributions to the preservation and interpretation of our local history.

Students at the Cooperative Middle School, Exeter High School, Phillips Exeter Academy, as well as from the greater Seacoast area, are invited to enter by contacting faculty members in their social studies departments or the historical society directly for further information.

The topic for this year’s essay is “youth in Exeter” and students should choose a topic that relates to young people living and growing up in the Exeter area. Answer some of the following questions: what were they doing for work, for fun, for schooling? Were they doing mostly the same things you do (minus cellphones and computers, of course), or were their lives very different from what you know today? Students should not attempt to write the essay without receiving the judges’ criteria and requirements from their school’s faculty members or the staff of the Exeter Historical Society. (These can also be found http://bit.ly/2015EHSEssayContest.)

The deadline for submission is Saturday, March 21, 2015, by noon.

A panel of judges will choose the entry from each division (Middle School and High School) that best meets the criteria of outstanding achievement in format, historical accuracy, originality and style. A $100 prize will be awarded to each winner.  Also, winning papers will be read by the authors at our annual Youth Night awards ceremony on Thursday, April 23 at 7pm. It is our hope that the Nancy Carnegie Merrill Award will foster an appreciation for our community and an interest in its past. The essay contest and Youth Night are generously sponsored by Service Credit Union.

For additional information, please contact Laura Martin, Program Manager.2015 Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award Flyer and Materials. The rubric that the judges will be using to evaluate the entries can be found here.

For Teachers:

Lincoln Traveling Trunk Classroom Visit:

In conjunction with professional educators, the Exeter Historical Society has developed a presentation for fourth graders based on Lincoln’s historic visit. By exploring Lincoln’s travel bag and what he may have brought on his journey, this hour-long classroom presentation places his visit in the context of local history, while explaining its significance to the broader national story. This program is offered at no cost to elementary schools in SAU16.  There is a minimal charge for the program for schools in other districts.  Please inquire for pricing.

School Group Visits:

The Exeter Historical Society welcomes school children of all ages interested in an aspect of Exeter history. To the classroom teachers, we offer on-site programs at the Historical Society, outreach visits at your school, or a combination of the two catered to fit your particular needs. If desired, we will work with the teacher to customize a program to help meet specific educational standards. There is a minimal charge for some of these programs.  Please inquire for pricing.

Coming Soon! Local History Curriculum Online:

We are in the process of converting Deborah Kanner's Exeter, New Hampshire: a Local History Curriculum Program to a digitized format so that it will be available online as a resource to teachers. The Local History Curriculum was designed to aid fourth and fifth grade teachers in presenting local history to their students, using Exeter, NH, as an example.