Contact

The History Day staff is here to help. Contact us at anytime with any questions!

State Office Staff:

SARAH ASCHBRENNER. Sarah is the co-coordinator of National History Day in Minnesota. She can answer a variety of questions about all things History Day. Email Sarah or call her at 651-259-3489 with questions about:

  • The statewide program
  • Alumni
  • Fundraising
  • Research Paper contest
  • State History Day
  • Minnesota's participation in the NHD National Contest.

SAMMI JO PAPAS. Sammi Jo is the co-coordinator of National History Day in Minnesota. She oversees Regional contests and coordinates the statewide Mentor Program. Email Sammi Jo or call her at 651-259-3439 with questions about:

  • College-age Mentor Program
  • Regional contests
  • Northeast Regional event
  • History Day Products
  • Social Media

GRETCHEN HOVAN. Gretchen coordinates Library Programs, works with schools in the southern regions, and works on curriculum development and workshops. Email Gretchen or call her at 651-259-3443 with questions about:

  • Library Programs (Hullabaloos and Research Field Trips)
  • South Central Regional event
  • Metro Junior East Regional event
  • Workshops
  • Curriculum

JOHN "ACTION" JACKSON. Action works with History Day teachers and students in the St. Paul Public School District and summer programs. Email Action or call him at 651-259-3426 with questions about:

  • Media resources
  • St. Paul Public School District Regional event
  • Metro Junior West Regional event
  • Summer Programs

KYLE IMDIEKE. Kyle works with History Day teachers and students in the St. Paul Public School District and summer programs. Email Kyle or call him at 651-259-3426 with questions about:

  • St. Paul Public School District Regional event
  • Metro Junior West Regional event
  • Summer Programs

JLOR. JLor works with History Day teachers and students in Minneapolis Public Schools, and summer programs. Email JLor or call her at 651-259-3429 with questions about:

  • Minneapolis Public School District Regional event
  • Metro Junior Central Regional event
  • Summer Programs
  • Media Resources

BETH RICHTER. Beth works with a variety of schools across the state, but most specifically in the metro area. Email Beth or call her at 651-259-3450 with questions about:

  • Northeast Regional event
  • West Central Regional event
  • Central Regional event

DAVID SAFRANSKI. David works with History Day teachers and students in Northwestern MN, some metro-area schools, and summer programs. Email David or call him at 651-259-3428 with questions about:

  • Northwest Regional event
  • Southeast Regional event
  • Metro Senior Regional event
  • Contest Invoicing
  • Summer Programs

Classroom Outreach Staff:

SUE DENIO. Sue is a former History Day teacher who conducts classroom visits to schools in the Northeast region. Email Sue if you are in this area and would like a classroom visit.

GRACE DUXBURY. Grace graduated from Concordia-Moorhead with a BA in history and is an interpreter at the Charles Lindbergh house in Little Falls. Grace conducts classroom visits to schools in the Central region. Email Grace if you are in this area and would like a classroom visit. Grace will also be working on coordinating the Central Regional event. 

EMILY KULZER. Emily works for the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County in Moorhead. Emily conducts classroom visits to schools in the West Central region. Email Emily if you are in this area and would like a classroom visit. Emily will also be working on coordinating the West Central Regional event.

National History Day in Minnesota is sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota, Department of History
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