April 2013 by Shannon Sisco
April 26 will shortly be upon us and with it the 76th anniversary of the Bombing of Gernika. This ties in with many news items this month.
First, there is a petition to move the Picasso painting to Gernika. Second, we were honored to have the Mendive Middle School group base their presentation on that event and the subsequent diaspora that occurred. After the bombing, many parents decided to send their children out of the Basque country.
Third, we were contacted by a researcher in England about the Children of '37 at one of the "colonies" established in the UK to house 50 out of the more than 4,000 children sent there for their safety. As soon as Franco came to power and consolidated Spain, calls went out to have these children return. Many did, but others stayed in their new homelands.
National History Day Part 2
March 2013 Shannon Sisco
The Mendive group won in their category! They will be going on for the National competition set for June 9th in Washington D.C. They will be presenting it for Professor Irujo's class April 17th at 4 p.m., located in room 305 of the Knowledge Center. The presentation is open to the Library faculty and staff to attend.
Saturday March 30th at 8:00 in the morning, the UNR campus—and especially the Raggio Building—was bustling with people getting ready to present their projects for the Northern Nevada History Day Competition. Mimi Hoppe, Hannah Quick, Jacinda Tuttle and Tayler Gerhard from Mendive Middle School gave their presentation first that morning. I was lucky enough to see it in person.
Jacinda's portrayal of a modern interviewer and Mimi's as one of the Children of '37 set the scene. Interspersed with meetings between Hannah's Franco and Tayler's von Richtofen planning the Market Day bombing, it gave the audience in a 20 minute timeframe a glimpse into the horror that is modern warfare. Using a power point background with maps and pictures, supplemented by a soundtrack of airplanes with bombs dropping, the presentation transported the audience to that fateful morning in Gernika.
Mimi recreated how one of the Children of '37, as they are called, were sent from their homeland to escape the war. Thousands of children were sent all over the world. The Archbishop of Canterbury first coined the phrase "weapons of mass destruction" to indicate the tragedy that happened.