What is the Denton County Junior Historians?
Denton County Junior Historians is an opportunity for high school students (grades 9 to 12) to work together to discuss and engage in local history in new and interesting ways. Members attend meetings twice a month on Tuesday evenings, volunteer at special events, and work together on group projects. The projects include designing exhibits and working with historical artifacts from the museum’s collection. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop leadership skills, to give back to the community, meet new people, and engage in local history.
Denton County Junior Historians is designed to benefit both the students and the Office of History and Culture! As a historical organization, we understand the importance of engaging the youth of our community. We want the students to have a lasting appreciation for local history and carry the torch for future generations.
Students will cultivate important life skills such as:
- Conflict Resolution
- Negotiation Skills
- Public Speaking
Students will also be exposed to professional museum practices, taking on the role of curator and historian through special projects.
If you know a Denton County High School student who is interested in the Junior Historians program, please encourage them to fill out the Denton County Junior Historians Information Sheet (PDF) and email a recommendation letter to Kelsey Jistel by Friday, September 2, 2022.
During the 2020-21 school year, the Denton County Junior Historians investigated the oldest cold case in Texas history, the Virginia Carpenter disappearance. On June 1, 1948, 21-year-old Virginia Carpenter traveled from her hometown of Texarkana to Denton, Texas to attend summer classes at Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman's University), but she never checked in at the college... By researching archival material from the Denton Record-Chronicle collection at the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, the students scripted a three-part video series about the case. The students met frequently on Tuesdays after school and dubbed their project - True Crime Tuesday: The Carpenter Cold Case. They even discovered that Virginia Carpenter disappeared on a Tuesday. See the complete video series on YouTube.
2021-2022 Denton County Junior Historians
- Aaron Taylor, Guyer High School, 12th grade
- Antonella Echeverria, Guyer High School, 11th grade
- Arabela Costulis, Denton Calvary Academy, 10th grade
- Hannah Williams, Ryan High School, 12th grade
- Kason Cauley, Denton Calvary Academy, 9th grade
- Mariela Neubauer, Guyer High School, 12th grade
- Owen Oppenheimer, Marcus High School, 11th grade
- Seleta Montemayor, Ryan High School, 12th grade
- Stephy Chirayath, The Colony High School, 12th grade
View the photo gallery of our Junior Historians.