History Hounds of Central Carolina – Junior Historians 2013

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Friday Apr 26, 2013 Under Cobey, Homeschool, Kid's Corner

NC Junior Historian Convention

Old Gilliam Park We had a great year with Junior Historians. This year we broke into three separate clubs – Grade 4 & 5 (Club A), Grade 6-8 (Club B) and Grade 9-12 (Club C). We went on field trips to Carver’s Creek and Ed Patterson’s houses. We had a speaker on the Old Gilliam Mill Park. We had a presentation on a Moravian Christmas. One meeting we played games to review NC History. The younger group participated in the new contest of  History in Action by having a clean-up day at Old Gilliam Mill. Group B had several clean-up days at Carver’s Creek. We had a huge participation in the contest this year and learned how to do an Annotated Bibliography.  I was so proud of all the work the kids did this year.


We more than doubled the amount of students we took to convention this year. The kids had a good time at the workshops and learned a lot. They attended From Dirt to Dish, Bound for Carolina: Scots-Irish Traditions,  and How Iron Man 3 Came to North Carolina. But the kids had the most fun at the awards ceremony. We had A LOT of winners this year.

History Hounds Winners

African American Contest- Secondary Division- First place: Cassandra Tedrick

American Revolutionary Essay Contest-  Elementary Division- Second place: Cobey Ledford

Artifact Search Winners- Alanna Elmore, John Michael Hill, Lena Kerley, Cobey Ledford

Civil War Essay Contest- Elementary Division- Second place: Samuel Hill

Exhibit Contest- Elementary- Individual- Second place: Price’s Creek Lighthouse, by Alanna Elmore

Exhibit Contest-  Secondary Division-  Individual- Second place: Alston House, by Hannah Durrell

Literary Contest- Elementary Division- Individual- First place: “Cobey’s Revolutionary War Road Trip,” by Cobey Ledford

Literary Contest- Intermediate Division- Individual Second place: “Al Crawford: Historical NC Athlete/Coach,” by Daniel Elmore

Literary Contest- Intermediate Division – Group- Second place: “Carvers Creek State Park: Historical PerspectivesSports Special Award- Daniel Elmore

Photography- Architectural Details- First place: Hallway Rockefeller Estate, by Daniel Elmore

Photography- Barns and Outbuildings- First place: Smokehouse, by Samuel Hill

Photography- Barns and Outbuildings placeThe Boathouse, by Cobey Ledford

Photography- Civil War Markings and Monuments- First place: Confederate Grave, by John Michael Hill

Photography- Industrial/Commercial  First place: Endor Furnace, by Evan Pruette

Photography- Industrial/Public Buildings 

Video Contest- Intermediate- First place: Foods Founded in North Carolina

All entries can now be seen at the NC Museum of History in the Junior Historian exhibit till April 2014.

Cobey with His Winning Photo

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Where has the time gone?

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Sunday Mar 10, 2013 Under Claire, Cobey, Kid's Corner, Politics, Uncategorized


It has been over two month since I posted a blog. Where does the time go? I will probably go back and backdate a few things because I don’t want you to think I have done nothing for two months. I went on a weekend cruise to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday and we have been on several field trips but the majority of our time has been spent in Raleigh at the Legislature. We have gone about once a week since the session began. We have been working on homeschool legislation. There are currently three bills filed dealing with homeschooling. There is a bill to allow homeschool children to play sports in the public school. There is a bill that gives tax credits to homeschool families. And finally, there is a bill that amends the homeschool definition. Non-public instruction has been interpreting our law more and more narrow. They interpret the current definition to mean that the mom has to do instruction in all the core classes, which basically means everything. The kids and I have learned a lot during this process and made some new friends. Claire has becomes buddies with the Speaker of the House and wants to take a present to him on every visit. They know which offices have the best candy and snacks but we can’t give away all our secrets.  Last week we went to an all day training in Virginia with HSDLA on lobbying in DC. The kids are now ready to hit DC.

Cobey and I have also been busy working on Junior Historian projects that were due March 1st. He turned in two photography entries, an artifact entry, and essay entry and a scrapbook for the literary entry. We will find out how he did the end of April but regardless we learned a lot. For the scrapbook we did a Revolutionary War driving tour throughout the region. We learned some great stories.

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