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  • National History Day Students Recognized at National Level




    For Immediate Release:     Contact: Mary Katherine Marshall



     843-374-1500 or email

    NHD is a year-long academic program for elementary and secondary school students focused on the teaching and learning of history. A recent study by Rockman, et al found students who participate in NHD develop a range of college and career-ready skills, and out-perform their peers on state standardized tests in multiple subjects, including reading, science, math and social studies. 

    “These students have not only deepened their understanding of their chosen topics, but have also been energized by learning. This program truly brings history to life for students,” said SC NHD State Coordinator, Mary Katherine Marshall.


    . For more information on supporting the program, please contact the office at 843-374-1500.


    About National History Day

    National History Day (NHD) is a year-long academic organization for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring, at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in a national competition each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.


  • Foundation Officer Elections Unanimous Palmetto-History-logo

    For more information, contact:

    Mary Katherine Marshall, Executive Director


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 25, 2011

    SC Archives and History Foundation Elects New Slate of Officers

    COLUMBIA, SC–The South Carolina Archives and History Foundation would like to welcome their newly elected officers to the Executive Committee:  Chairman—X. Willard Polk of Camden; Vice-Chairman—Eric Wm. Ruschky of Columbia; Treasurer—Wm. Frank Lee of Lugoff; Secretary—Ruth “Lady” Hodges of Edgefield; At Large Members are—The Honorable Gary E. Clary of Central, and Charles P. Boyd of Atlanta.

    Officer Elections were held last Monday, July 18 at the SC Archives and History Center on Parklane Road in Columbia at the quarterly board meeting with unanimous approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. 

    The South Carolina Archives and History Foundation’s full Board of Directors includes:  Frank Beattie of Georgetown, Curtis Campbell of Orangeburg, Kathryn D. Durham of Columbia, Walter Edgar of Columbia, Eric Wm. Emerson of Columbia, A. V. Huff of Greenville, Phil Noble of Charleston, and Rodger E. Stroup of Columbia. 

    The South Carolina Archives & History Foundation supports the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. It is the caretaker of the South Carolina Archives, a collection of more than 325 years of historical documents recording the rich and diverse history of the people and government of South Carolina.  In addition to preserving the documentary and cultural history of the Palmetto State, the Department also administers a variety of programs through the State Historic Preservation Office that help identify, recognize and preserve the state's architectural and archaeological heritage.  

    For more information on how you can support the SCHAF, please call 803.896.6124 or visit 



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  • Cheraw High School Teacher Wins National Award

    COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Archives and History Foundation (SCAHF) is pleased to announce that Ms. Gail Ingram, Social Studies Department Chair of Cheraw High School, is the senior national recipient of the 2010 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for outstanding National History Day teachers and a $10,000 cash gift. 

    Ms. Ingram was nominated for the state level award in South Carolina and by winning, SCAHF submitted her nomination for the national award.  Ms. Ingram has demonstrated her commitment to her students for more than 30 years at Cheraw High School in Chesterfield County.  She has been using the National History Day program in her classroom for the last twelve years. 

    However, her dedication to her students goes far beyond the classroom.  Ms. Ingram takes a personal interest in her students both in and out of school.  She is committed to making sure that their experience with National History Day is one that will leave a lasting impression on them and have a positive effect on not only their school work, but their future roles in life. 

    “Gail is one of the most amazing teachers I have ever met.  Her commitment to her students goes well beyond what anyone could ask of her—working long hours with students and contributing to their fundraising efforts to provide financial support to attend the National History Day national contest,” said SCAHF executive director, Mary Katherine Marshall.  “Each year, her students consistently produce top projects in the nation and if you ask anyone of them, they will tell you that she made the difference—both in the classroom and outside.  Her passion about the NHD program and her students reaches far into their futures.” 

    The criteria for the Patricia Behring award includes a minimum of 5 years of experience with National History Day in the classroom, a documented commitment to student-led historical research and evidence of creativity in the classroom that exceeds expected participation in the NHD program and requires a recommendation from an immediate supervisor.  Ingram demonstrates all of those criteria on many levels.  Not only does she push students to excel in the classroom, but she offers her services to students and their families who might not otherwise be able to attend the contest for financial reasons.  

    “If there is a resource, she can find it—even if it means going into her own pockets to provide supplies for her students.  We found out recently that she has been paying for her own copy paper for the last few months because the school ran out before the end of the year and she was not about to let her students suffer,” noted Marshall.  “Times are tight, especially for teachers and school districts.  And, in the grim news of it all, Gail never lets her standards slip, no matter what her personal sacrifice might be.  Not only is she influencing their education, but she is shaping their values and ethics through hard work that offers rewards and validation.” 

    Not only are her students recognized for their strong use of primary sources using SC repositories, but her classroom schedule is dictated by the NHD calendar—it is a requirement for all of her 9th grade students.  Eight of her 9th graders have competed at the NHD National Contest this week and one of her students from last year is participating again as a sophomore under Ingram’s guidance.  He found his passion for history and the NHD program through her.  Last year, he was awarded the senior award for African American History at the NHD national contest for his performance as Emmett Till, he placed 8th overall for his senior performance.  He and Ingram appeared in a video produced by The History Channel at last year’s NHD national contest. 

    Ingram’s record speaks for itself and she has received recognition from many history educators.  According to Peter N. Barry, Ph. D, senior professor of history, USC Lancaster, and a supporter of Ingram and the NHD program, the reason Ingram’s students are so successful is because of her determination and “her evaluations are designed to encourage improvement and the submission of even more sophisticated entries.  She knows her history and she expects her students to know their history.” 

    The National History Day Program in South Carolina reaches approximately 9,000 middle and high school students each year.  More than 75 schools participate throughout South Carolina and the impact that the program has on the students is evident by the improvement in their test scores and their performance in their continued higher education. 

    The South Carolina Archives and History Foundation is proud to have nominated Gail Ingram for the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award.  SCAHF provides financial support to the National History Day program in partnership with the SC Department of Archives and History.  Private donations and corporate gifts enabled SCAHF to provide more than $5,000 in scholarships for students to attend the NHD national contest.  SCAHF depends on these gifts in order to continue supporting the NHD program.  Forty-six middle and high school students represented South Carolina this year at the national contest.


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