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League of Historians Celebrates Thanksgiving

League of Historians president, Maryam Ali, going over the club agenda.

The league of historians meets once a month to discuss history and connect with one another. At their last meeting, they celebrated Thanksgiving before going on break.

“It is not history class,” league of historian’s teacher sponsor Jill Burns said. “We try to do things you would not get to hear about in history class, make connections to real life history.”

Last year, Burns and social studies teacher Hailey Mullen started the club. 

“I wanted to create an extracurricular space for students who are interested in history to kind of expand on topics that we don’t always get to talk a lot about in class,” Burns said.

The club visited the traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial in the past, but they tend to have guest speakers discuss their experiences at meetings. A veteran from the Iraq war has visited before, along with a member of the Hays County Historical Commission in October.

“There’s so many different outlets we can explore,” Burns said.  “Our three pillars are citizenship, scholarship and friendship. We always try to connect our events to those pillars, so those are kind of the themes for everything we do.”

They will also be visiting Carpenter Hill Elementary School again this school year. The club visited the fourth and fifth grade last year to advertise historical topics and the club. 

”They loved it, and got a deep dive in some of those topics they don’t normally get in a classroom setting,” Burns said. 

The president of the club, Maryam Ali, joined the club last year and she said she enjoyed the way both teachers taught history in such a fun way.

“I think the league of historians is a club where you can explore history without the pressure of school and grades,” Ali said. “It’s an easy opportunity for people to learn more about the things they love without any outside pressure.”

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