Tar Heel Junior Historian Association - Wilkes Heritage Museum Chapter

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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.

Mission Statement:

      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 grades 4 - 12. Homeschool students are also welcome!


What are the benefits of becoming a member?

         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 develop their leadership skills. 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 at the Wilkes Heritage Museum for a year.


Are there any fees?

         There is a small yearly membership fee of $5. This fee is non-refundable and helps to cover the costs of supplies, trips, and activities. 


Where/When do meetings take place?

         The Wilkes Chapter of THJHA will meet at the Wilkes Heritage Museum in the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame auditorium. Meeting days are TBD.


How do I join?

         We are currently accepting new members! If you would like to register your child to join, please call or email the staff advisor Eden Hamby.



Stay tuned for more updates!




For more information please contact the THJHA Wilkes Chapter Advisor:

Eden Hamby

Social Media Specialist | Wilkes Heritage Museum

(336) 667 – 3171 ext. 104

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