An Opportunity for Students to Connect with History Experts through NHD Hangouts

Our partner organization—National History Day (NHD)—is presenting a new online learning series for the over 600,000 students who enter the NHD contest each year. Students from across the country will develop original, historical research performances, websites, documentaries, exhibits, and papers to present at affiliate local and state contests, where they will have the opportunity to advance to the national contest in June. To assist them in their craft, NHD is hosting a series of Google Hangouts.NHD Google Hangout icon

NHD is partnering with National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Newseum, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Minnesota Historical Society to offer students an opportunity to learn from experts in the field. Each hangout will focus on a different category, and is open to all students and teachers.

Students can register for the hangouts, at no cost, at: Those attending the events will be able to submit questions to noted presenters, including:

Louise Lippincott, Chief Curator and Curator of Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art – Lippincott has been the head of the fine arts department at the Carnegie Museum of Art since 1991. She is noted as having been instrumental in the installation of several celebrated exhibits during her tenure. Lippincott will lead the Website Google Hangout.

Websites – Tuesday, January 28 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Brian Horrigan, Lead Exhibit Developer, National Traveling Exhibit – Horrigan has been an exhibit curator at the Minnesota Historical Society since 1990, and has been responsible for several major, NEH-funded exhibitions. Horrigan will lead the Exhibit Google Hangout.

Exhibits – Thursday, January 30 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Anna Kassinger, Multimedia Curriculum Specialist, Newseum – Kassinger is a multimedia curriculum specialist at the Newseum. She has an Ed.M. in arts in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and previously worked at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, where she developed digital art classes for teens. Kassinger will lead the Paper Google Hangout.

Papers – Tuesday, February 4 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Laurie Kahn, Resident Scholar, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University – Ms. Kahn is an award winning director for non-fiction films. Her film, A Midwife’s Tale, won a national EMMY for Outstanding Non-Fiction, and her film TUPPERWARE! was nominated for a national Best Nonfiction Director EMMY.  Ms. Kahn worked on the Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965, The American Experience, FRONTLINE’S Crisis in Central America, and All Things Considered.  She has taught at Northeastern University, Brandeis University, and Tufts University, guest lectured around the country, and is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis. Kahn will lead the Documentaries Google Hangout.

Documentaries – Thursday, February 6 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

For additional information regarding attending the Google Hangouts please email

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