A Catholic, college-preparatory school, grades 7-12

History Club

The BSM Chapter of the National History Club was named one of the TOP TEN CHAPTERS for the 2010-2011 school year by the National History Club.

The National History Club was founded in March 2002 to promote the reading, writing, discussion, and enjoyment of history. There are currently chapters in thirty-six states and two foreign countries, and there are over 4,600 students involved.  The history club is open to students in grades 9-12 and meets once a month.

In fall of 2004, BSM began a National History Club chapter. BSM was the second chapter to form in the state of Minnesota. 

During the 2004-2005 school year, the chapter read and discussed the book Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield, which is on the battle of Thermopylae. This battle took place in Greece in 480 B.C.E., and saw 300 Spartan knights and their allies face the enormous forces of Xerxes, King of Persia.  The club also invited the school to a showing of the movie Attila and designed t-shirts for members with the slogan "The History Club--Because No One Cares What's Happening Now."

In 2006-2007, the History Club showed the movie Joyeux Noel about the soldier driven Christmas Eve armistice in World War I.  In addtion, students read The Kitchen Boy about the final days of the last tsar of Russia and his family.

In 2008-2009, the BSM chapter attended the "Splendors of the Vatican" touring exhibit at the Minnesota Historical Society as well as explored the "Minnesota 150" exhibit.

In 2009-2010, the BSM chapter went on a tour of the Alexander Ramsey House - thei home of the first territorial governor in St. Paul.


National History Club Student of the Year:
(Recipients receive a book from the Mount Vernon Society.)

2012 Jennifer Vogl
2011 Jeremy Poppe
2010 Rose Geiwitz
2009 Alyssa Nation
2008 – Paul Nann
2007 Kelly Tonnemaker
2006 Joshua Carlson
2005 Chris Milroy

National History Scholars Society
*Seniors who maintained at least a 3.5 average in AP History courses at BSM and have been a member in good standing of the BSM chapter of the National History Club for at least two years are eligible for the National History Scholars Society.  Students who earn this award wear burgundy cords with their commencement apparel.  BSM began participating in this aspect of the NHC in 2011.

BSM Chapter NHSS Members
2012 - Thomas Gilligan, Jennifer Vogl
2011 - Jeremy Poppe

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