Idaho->DC! National History Day NHD

Please help us travel from Idaho to College Park, Maryland for the National History Day competition!

My name is Virginia Harness and this year, my brother Paul and I qualified to represent Idaho at the National History Day  competition at the University of Maryland in June. I received first place for my paper on Dr. Dean Brooks , who helped reform practices in mental health institutions, and Paul received first for his paper on Morley Nelson, founder of The World Center for Birds of Prey  and The Peregrine Fund .

Paul and I need approximately $4,000 to pay for registration and travel expenses to attend National History Day. We raised almost $2000 before starting this online fundraiser, but we still have a long way to go to meet our goal. 

In order to represent Idaho  and our topics this June, we need your help. Attending National History Day is not just an opportunity to travel and compete; it’s an opportunity to present your topic to lawmakers, historians, teachers, and experts in science, arts, and cultural preservation. By donating, you will make it possible for us to represent our topics on a national scale. We truly appreciate your support of our love of history!

Our Topics:

Dr. Dean Brooks

Through his work as superintendent of Oregon State Hospital (OSH), Dr. Dean Brooks changed practices in mental hospitals across the United States. From allowing the filming of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in OSH and even acting in the movie to writing A Bushel of Shoes and delivering speeches at psychiatric conferences across the U.S., Brooks was an advocate for the thousands of mentally ill Americans who are often denied a voice. His work lives on today through the programs he began and the many doctors, families, and community members he inspired.

Morley Nelson

A revolutionary conservationist, Morley Nelson was a catalyst for new legislation to protect birds of prey. Through working with legal systems and educating the public about eagles, Nelson changed the way Americans view raptors and became a catalyst for new legislation. Today, Nelson’s legacy continues through The World Center for Birds of Prey and The Peregrine Fund, organizations he co-founded that have helped save many species of raptors from extinction.


Johanna Harness
Nampa, ID

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