I just got off the phone with Ralph DePalma, a 6th grader from Manalpan, New Jersey who has advanced to the state finals for the National History Day competition with an exhibit on the Greenwich Tea Burning. Ralph is a very bright kid who had a lot of very good questions for me. We had a good chat as well about one of the tea-burners, Philip Vickers Fithian. (The guy whose “way of improvement” led him “home”). Ralph even understands the difference between the history of the tea burning and the way it has been remembered. I hope he wins on Saturday and advanced to the national finals!
Let’s go Ralph!
P.S. If you are from Pennsylvania and will be at Cumberland Valley High School tomorrow for the PA state finals, feel free to stop by an say hello at the Messiah College History Department table in the domed gym. I will be there with several students signing the praises of our department.