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Volunteer as a mentor for Research Rendezvous!National History Day Icon
 Register online at: https://boulderlibrary.formstack.com/forms/research

What is National History Day?
This annual program enriches history education in elementary and secondary schools. Students select a historical subject related to an annual theme, conduct research over several months using primary and secondary sources, develop a thesis, and create a final project in the form of an exhibit, original performance, documentary film, website, or paper. Participants attend local, regional, state and national competitions. This year’s theme is Breaking Barriers in History. See:  http://www.nhd.org/contest-affiliates/annual-theme/   for more information.

What is Research Rendezvous?

Research Rendezvous, held at the Main Boulder Public Library, provides an opportunity for students to get one-to-one help on National History Day projects from undergraduate and graduate mentors drawn from a local pool of historians, librarians, and community experts in a “one-stop” celebratory research event.  Volunteer mentors are recruited from entities including the CU History department, History Colorado, Museum of Boulder, and regional libraries.

What will I be doing as a volunteer mentor?

Mentors assist students with their research in primary and secondary sources using physical and digital resources.  Volunteers should be experienced in conducting research (both online and in print) and comfortable working with Middle School and High School students. 

What is the time commitment?

  • You can commit to as few as two hours or as many as four hours.  We are hosting one four-hour event:
  • New volunteers are asked to participate in a 30-45 min. training on the library’s digital and print resources and to become familiar with NHD guidelines. This can be done in-person or by phone but must be completed prior to the event.
  • This year’s Rendezvous is on Thursday, Dec. 5th from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering your time demonstrates that learning history is a valuable endeavor.  Your expertise and enthusiasm for history serves as a model that challenges young people to think critically about historical research.  Students enjoy National History Day because they can pursue subjects that interest them, learn during an immersive and extended period of research, and emerge as self-confident specialists on their subject. 

How do I volunteer?

You can register online at:  https://boulderlibrary.formstack.com/forms/research
Questions? Call 303-441-3100