City as Quest
Each year, NRHC’s annual conference brings supporters of education together from across the region to one city in the Northeastern United States. One of the most prominent components of these gatherings is the City as Text, an immersive self-guided exploration of the city we’ve traveled to with the goal of learning more about the history of the city and, hopefully, learning more about ourselves. This year will be unlike any before it, as we do not have the opportunity to separately explore the far reaches of an American city and then to reconvene and share our experiences. In the absence of this opportunity, NRHC invites you on an adventure that will challenge your critical thinking skills, your sense of geography, your knowledge of history, and your proficiency in conducting online research.
Please join us on the first ever City as Quest. This challenge contains ten different puzzles, each of which will lead you to a virtual space within the world wide web that you will be tasked with exploring in order to find the answer to a question rooted in the history and geography of the area.
You can accept this challenge alone or with a group of other student conference attendees. The first person or group (maximum of 4 per group) to submit the most correct answers at the link below will be the winners of a $50 Amazon gift card per group member. If no one submits all ten answers completed, the group that submitted the highest number of correct answers the soonest will be deemed the winner.
If you would like to be randomly paired with three other students from across the region, please click here to submit your request no later than March 20th. If so, we will group you with other conference attendees and share your contact information so that you can meet one another before embarking on this journey.
The first challenge is available now. The rest of the puzzles will go live on the first day of the 2021 conference - Tuesday, March 30th. Answers must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on Friday, April 9th. The winners will be announced on Sunday, April 11th at the NRHC Conference Awards Ceremony (11:00 am - 12:00 pm.) Good luck!
Step one on this challenge is simply for fun.
A moniker must be chosen before you run.
You have an obligation
to meet the following stipulation:
Your team name must include a pun.
Click below for each puzzle:
If you have completed City as Quest and you struggled with the challenges or have questions about the methodology, I will host an open Zoom meeting on the evening of Tuesday, April 13th at 8:00pm, to walk you through each puzzle and go behind the scenes about how I devised them. All participants who submit answers to the submission form will receive a Zoom invite on April 12th for this meeting.
NRHC President-elect and 2021 Conference Co-Chair