L.A. Teachers Partner with APU to Bring History Alive

by University Relations

Azusa Pacific’s University Libraries hosted a free workshop for Los Angeles County teachers on September 17, 2016, to collaborate on innovative ways to make history more relevant to 21st-century students. The workshop focused on potential projects for the upcoming annual History Day L.A., and included a tour of APU’s Presidential Signatures Collection, which features signatures from each United States President from George Washington to Barack Obama, as well as a few first ladies, including Lucy Hayes, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush. Students exposed to primary sources such as the Presidential Signatures Collection gain a personal perspective on history that inspires deeper research and understanding.

History Day L.A., to be held at APU for the 12th consecutive year on March 25, 2017, provides 20 hands-on history activities for students and the general public, from blacksmithing to “meeting” George Washington and joining the cause for independence. Further, many students present their history research projects at this event. History Day L.A. offers opportunities for 4th-12th-grade students to create posters, exhibits, papers, websites, performances, and documentary presentations that represent their scholarship and perspective. This year’s theme, “Taking a Stand in History,” invites students to explore what it means to stand firm on a position. They will investigate historical accounts of people opposing the status quo or fighting against a powerful movement, and then analyze the techniques, approaches, effectiveness, and impact. Students will present their projects to judges, and winners in each category will represent Los Angeles County in the California state competition in April 2017.