Wyoming Student is Winner of Our Documents Presidential Initiative Award

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COLLEGE PARK, MD, June 17, 2004 – National History Day (NHD) and The National Archives and Records Administration are pleased to announce that Erin Hammer, a senior at Lander Valley High School in Lander, Wyoming, was selected as a winner of the second annual Our Documents Special Prize.

The award is given to a student that incorporates one or several of the 100 milestone documents in United States history found at www.ourdocuments.gov in their National History Day project. “The experience is very gratifying and a lot of fun!” said Hammer.

The Archivist of the United States, John Carlin, spoke at the NHD ceremony and recognized the achievements of Hammer and all of the NHD student participants. Hammer received $500 from The History Channel for his scholarship along with a commemorative medal from NHD.

“NHD is proud to offered history, social studies, civics, and government teachers the opportunity to develop document-based lesson plans for national awards and distribution,” said Cathy Gorn, Executive Director of National History Day.

To learn more about the Our Documents initiative on American history civics and service visit www.ourdocuments.gov.

About National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives and Records Administration, an independent federal agency, is the nation’s record keeper. Founded in 1934, its mission is unique -- to ensure for the citizen and the public servant, for the President and the Congress and the Courts, ready access to essential evidence. The National Archives meets a wide range of information needs, ensuring access to records on which the credibility of our government and the accuracy of our history depend. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries and on the Internet at www.archives.gov.

About National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is not just one day, but a yearlong education organization that makes history come alive through educator professional development and active student learning. Students annually create documentaries, performances, exhibits, and papers as part of a NHD national contest. Participants qualify for the national event after competing in a series of local and state competitions, which draw more than a half million entrants annually. The program received the Charles Frankel Prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities and created Our Documents, an initiative to improve American history, civics, and service with the National Archives. For more information go to www.nationalhistoryday.org or call (301) 314-9739.

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CONTACTS:
Mark Robinson, National History Day, 301-314-9542; markr@nationalhistoryday.org
National Archives Public Affairs Staff, 301-837-1700 or 202-501-5526