August 9, 1999
"Turning Points: Ideas from the National Archives for National History Day 2000" Now Available Online
Washington, DC. . . The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announces the addition of new resources for National History Day (NHD) students in The Digital Classroom section of its Web site. Under the heading "Turning Points: Ideas From the National Archives," NARA presents descriptions of nearly 100 collections of records suitable for student research on National History Day's year 2000 theme, Turning Points in History.
Last year, more than 500,000 students participated in National History Day, the year long, nationwide educational program that fosters academic achievement and intellectual growth while encouraging students in grades 6–12 to become excited about history. The National Archives and Records Administration recognizes that participants in this program acquire useful historical knowledge while developing research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills that will help them locate, manage, and use information throughout their lives. Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin has served as a member of the National History Day board of directors since 1996, and NARA is proud to support the program throughout the year.
"Turning Points: Ideas From the National Archives" encourages students to investigate archival resources related to a variety of subjects, including air and space, atomic energy, civil rights, and foreign affairs. These resources are available from the Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Gerald R. Ford Presidential libraries and NARA's regional facilities in Atlanta, Kansas City, New York City, San Francisco, and Laguna Niguel, CA.
"Turning Points: Ideas From the National Archives" is the latest in a series of online projects that the National Archives and Records Administration produces for teachers and students to encourage archival research and the development of lifelong thinking skills. Other exercises in the NHD section of The Digital Classroom use NARA's online database and online finding aids for locating information on individual topics. For a full listing of resources, visit http://www.archives.gov/digital_classroom/research/citing_primary_sources.html.
For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail. Visit the National Archives Home Page on the World Wide Web at http://www.archives.gov/.