Junior Historians of Lawrence Township
The Lawrence Historical Society is pleased to announce the creation of the Junior Historians of Lawrence Township.
The Junior Historians is the new student chapter of the Society. It is open to all high school and middle school aged children throughout the township, regardless of whether they are attending public or private school.
The idea for creating the student chapter was originally proposed by two students from Lawrence High School, Julia Ciccone and Nate Kunkel. “History doesn’t have to be boring,” explained Ciccone. “Students who join should find this really interesting. I think we’ll be able to have some cool projects and speakers. Plus, we’ll have some volunteer opportunities, so it’ll be a chance for students to complete their community service hours.”
Ciccone and Kunkel attended Community Day in October to promote the chapter and solicit student members. They are already planning to have guest speakers talk to members about local history. They also hope the chapter can develop projects to promote National History Day and local history to children in the township. In addition, the group plans to assist at Society events like the Tanner lecture and Hogmanay.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to educate children on our diverse local history in a fun way,” stated Society President, Katherine Meeker-Cohen. “We’re thrilled to support the students in this effort.”
The Junior Historians is planning to meet monthly on the third Tuesday of each month, from 7-8 pm at the historic Brearley House. Their first meeting will be on November 16th.
Julia Ciccone to receive Presidents Award!
Julia Ciccone, grade 10, placed in the top 40 out of 100 world entries for her Senior Individual Documentary, "The Civil War's Trent Affair: Successful Diplomacy Solves an International Debate." Additionally, Julia will receive the President's Award from the New Jersey Civil War Roundtable at their next meeting, which will be held this month, September 2022!
The 2022 contest marked the *10th consecutive year* that LTPS students have qualified for the national level of competition.