“It was really fun to spray paint,” said Dohner.
Additionally, the exhibit included pictures, quotes, a video of the wall being broken down played on a tablet, a magazine from 1961 and a magazine from 1989, as well as writing from the girls themselves. As part of their primary research, the girls also found a chunk of the Berlin Wall, owned by a friend of Dohner’s sister, that they went and saw.
“Just like Berlin it’s kind of divided into east and west,” said Brotherton on the exhibit. “It’s really thematically good.”
“I’m a big baseball fan,” said Snyder, on why he chose to write his paper on Curt Flood and free agency, saying that he also thought the National Baseball Hall of Fame Could be a good resource.
Flood fought to establish free agency in Major League Baseball and do away with the reserve clause, a struggle that would eventually change the face of American professional sports and paving the way for modern contracts and free agency.
“Pierce hit all the marks,” said Brotherton. “He was very good at connecting the topic with the theme of rights and responsibilities.”
Snyder was made aware of Flood’s story by Michelle Hitchcock, the CCS librarian and the other adviser for the National History Day club. He said National Baseball Hall of Fame was very helpful with the project, emailing him a packet of documents on Flood. Snyder said the most interesting document he looked at was the letter Flood sent to Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bowie Kuhn asking that he be made a free agent.
All three students expressed excitement about going to nationals.
“It’s going to be crazy,” said LeCates, on the level of competition she expected.
While both LeCates and Snyder have been to Washington D.C. before, this will be the first time for Dohner.
“I’m so happy because I’ve always wanted to look at museums there,” she said.
The national competition will take place from June 15 to June 19 this year. More information can be found by visiting www.nhd.org.