Night at the Museum — An Open House for Students’
National History Day Projects

From Left to Right Front Row: Emma Deppe, Elise Petsche, Luke Heithoff, Paige Wickman, Selah Reels, Delanie Bushong. Back Row Left to Right: Halle Hoefing, Molly Shahan, Addie Burkett, Mr. Heithoff, Alexis Davis. (Absent from photo: Eric Super, Neva Kirby, Bailey Acton)

WINTERSET, IOWA – Each year, Winterset’s seventh grade Social Studies teacher Jim Heithoff leads his students in National History Day competition activities. This year, 13 students or groups choose to create projects and participate in the Regional competition. Four of those have been chosen to move onto the State competition to be held April 30.

Madison County Historical Complex‘s Director Jared McDonald and Board member Linda Griffith Smith offered their assistance to Heithoff’s students to give feedback on their projects. To honor the dedication of this year’s 13 participating students or groups, their projects will be featured at a free open house on Monday, April 16, 2018. It will be held from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Madison County Historical Museum, 815 S 2nd Avenue, Winterset, Iowa. Refreshments will be served.

Around the country, more than 500,000 middle and high school students compete in National History Day contests which began in 1974. Participants conduct rigorous historical research focused around an annual theme that allows the students to explore significant points in history and creatively bringing this history to life. For the 2018 theme, “Conflict and Compromise,” projects were created in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website.   In completing a National History Day project, students conduct original historical research, learn skills that will help them both in college and their careers, and develop a passion for learning.

The Winterset seventh graders who participated in the 2018 regional competition are: Elise Petsche, Neva Kirby, Molly Shahan, Halle Hoefing, Bailey Acton, Paige Wickman, Alexis Davis, Eric Super, Luke Heithoff, Selah Reels, Addie Burkett, Delanie Bushong, Emma Deppe. Students will be present at the April 16th open house to explain the topic they chose to investigate through an exhibit, website, documentary, or document.

The Madison County Historical Society applauds these students in their historical endeavors. Please show your support for their achievement by visiting the Night at the Museum open house to see their work, discuss their research process, and enjoy the history they have to share.

From its humble beginning in 1904, the Madison County Historical Society has developed into a complex which includes 14 buildings located on 18 picturesque acres on the south edge of Winterset, Iowa.

The crown jewel of the complex is the 1856 Bevington-Kaser House constructed by C.D. “Doc” Bevington. This property was a gift of June Kaser and Margaret Guye. It has been restored and furnished in Victorian richness.

Our collections include rocks, fossils, Native American Artifacts, Civil War and military items, quilts, glassware, local business memorabilia, household and domestic items, early farm machinery and technology, tools and barbed wire, and a research library. Visitors can take their time exploring our grounds, structures and exhibits, or reserve a space here for a special event or gathering with built-in opportunities for entertainment and beautiful photos.

Represented in this complex is a lasting record of a way of life of the people of Madison County, Iowa preserved for all to see, treasure and enjoy. We welcome all people interested in exploring the past through the lens of local history.

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Please visit and come back often to experience History on the Hill.

 

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