Ann Tornberg


19 October 2021, College Park, MD – This autumn, National History Day® (NHD) selected several teachers from South Dakota for the fall professional development program entitled Inspiring Student Research with the Library of Congress

 Participants from South Dakota include:

  • Mr. Stephen Dolan, South Middle School (Rapid City)*
  • Ms. Sarah Jacobs, South Dakota History Day (Brookings)Ϯ
  • Mrs. Sue Larson, Rapid City Christian School (Rapid City)*
  • Mrs. Ann Tornberg, Beresford High School (Beresford)*

Now in its second year, this online course focuses on using Library of Congress primary and secondary sources to develop and support student research skills and is a feature of NHD’s membership in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium. The learning modules support NHD’s 2022 theme Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. The course includes four live webinars with an expert historian, and culminates in creating an individual plan for teachers to use resources from the Library of Congress in their classroom in the upcoming semester.

“We are fortunate to have this sustained partnership with the Library of Congress as a TPS Consortium member. Some of the most dedicated educators and subject matter experts work closely with the program’s participants,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn.

“The teachers in this course develop crucial skills in locating and analyzing primary documents. They also discuss how to use primary documents in the classroom, learning a variety of pedagogical approaches that will benefit students’ learning for many years.”

There are 210 teachers enrolled for the fall 2021 course. Upon completing the series, the teachers will have demonstrated the ability to pair Library of Congress resources with active learning strategies to inspire, engage, and support their students. Participants earn professional development credits upon course completion.

This course is made possible by generous funding provided by the Library of Congress, 400 Years of African American History Commission, and BBVA Bank. 

* Denotes enrollment funded by the Library of Congress.

+ Denotes enrollment funded by BBVA Bank.

Ϯ Denotes enrollment funded by the 400 Years of African American History Commission.


About National History Day® (NHD)

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, which seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. 

Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by BBVA, Behring Global Education Foundation, The Better Angels Society, Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, HISTORY®, Tom Lauer, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, and Pritzker Military Museum & Library. For more information, visit

About National History Day in South Dakota

The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum’s mission is to inspire a passion for the diverse history, culture and science of agriculture in South Dakota. It is the official State museum for preserving the history of agriculture and rural life of South Dakota and a department of South Dakota State University. It is the state coordinator for National History Day. It is located in the historic Stock Judging Pavilion on the SDSU campus at 977 11th Street, Brookings, SD. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 605-688-6226 or visit