Tar Heel Junior Historian Association
Tar Heel Junior Historian Association - Wilkes Heritage Museum Chapter
What is THJHA?
Tar Heel Junior Historian Association (THJHA) is a program for students to engage in educational opportunities surrounding the history of North Carolina. Students in this program will conduct original historical research, visit local historic sites, attend guest speaker presentations, learn about state and local history, complete history projects, and participate in a statewide history competition. The Wilkes Heritage Museum is starting our own chapter of the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, which is overseen by the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.
The purpose of the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association is to encourage the study of local and state history and to help young people better understand and appreciate their place in history. Free THJHA clubs for students in grades 4 - 12 are located across the state in a variety of settings.
Who is eligible?
In order to join the Wilkes Chapter of THJHA, students must be currently enrolled in a private or public school. The Wilkes Heritage Museum's chapter will accept students enrolled in Wilkes County schools in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Homeschool students in the 6th - 8th grade are also welcome!
Students involved in THJHA will be exposed to a multitude of educational and leadership opportunities. Students will attend day trips to historic sites and speaker presentations, learn to conduct historical and genealogical research, and actively use their critical thinking skills to think about state and local history. Students will have the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills by giving presentations and participating in group discussions. Students will also have the opportunity to hold leadership positions within the association and will learn leadership skills through workshops. Members will also have the opportunity to compete in the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Annual Contests and attend the THJHA Annual Convention at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Each member will also receive two copies of Tar Heel Junior Historian Magazine per year, free of charge and will have their completed projects displayed in the museum for a year.
Where/When do meetings take place?
The THJHA will meet at the Wilkes Heritage Museum in the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame auditorium. Stay tuned for more information about the date and time for our interest meeting!
How do I join?
We will begin accepting members at our interest meeting in early Fall 2020. Stay tuned for more updates!
For more information please contact the THJHA Wilkes Chapter Advisor:
Social Media Specialist | Wilkes Heritage Museum
(336) 667 – 3171 ext. 104