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National Capital History Day brings together a diverse group of students — students who have always loved history and students who are just beginning to discover the discipline. Students just starting high school and students ready to head to college and university. For some, art history is their calling. For others, it’s archaeology. For still others it’s all about writing or research.

Students from across the National Capital region attended NCHD. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

Students from across the National Capital region attended NCHD. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

But one thing these students all have in common — and that was on display at National Capital History Day — is that they have a lot of support for their love of history. NCHD students received words of praise from Mayor Jim Watson, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston.

Author, historian and speechwriter Arthur Milnes gave National Capital History Day's keynote address, which he started by defending today's youth. Photo by Jana Chytilova.

Author, historian and speechwriter Arthur Milnes gave National Capital History Day’s keynote address, which he started by defending today’s youth. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

They were praised by keynote speaker Arthur Milnes, an award-winning journalist and best-selling author and historian. They were encouraged by multiple representatives of Carleton University, all our workshop leaders and every exhibitor in our Hall of History.

The Hall of History was buzzing all day with exhibitors representing academia, museums, libraries, archives, historic sites and publications about history. Photo by Jana Chytilova.

The Hall of History was buzzing all day with exhibitors representing academia, museums, libraries, archives, historic sites and publications about history. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

And our judges raved about the projects they evaluated and the students who laboured to research and assemble them.

NCHD judges evaluate a project in the Drama category. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

NCHD judges evaluate a project in the Drama category. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.

For students who love history, there was an outpouring of support for their interest. And among those messages of support, were two memorable videos sent by strong advocates for the study of history. We think you’ll enjoy them now as much now as we did on National Capital History Day.

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