Coal Creek Scholars visit
the McClung Collection
at the
East Tennessee History Center
Saturday, 21 October 2017


The annual National History Day Contest attracts more than half a million students around the world to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. Students enter these projects at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the National contest at the University of Maryland at College Park  This year’s theme is “Conflict and Compromise” and the Coal Creek War is a suggested topic for the competition as shown at

Coal Creek Scholars met at the East Tennessee History Center today to research newspaper articles from Coal Creek’s past as a head-start to preparing National History Day projects.  Eight scholars attended the event.

But it wasn’t what they found that was most important.  Learning to solve a problem using critical thinking, and then doing the supporting research, is more valuable than any newspaper article discovery. 

After finishing their research, Scholars posed beneath a painting by Anna Catherine Wiley, who was born in Coal Creek in 1879.  We then walked to Starbucks to celebrate the lessons of the day.

Coal Creek Scholars in attendance:

Sean Foster
Benny Foster
Katie Tidwell
Kaylee Phillips
Nathan Cox
Noah Lamb
Peyton Jenkins
Kayden Jenkins  




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