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

State Office Staff:

SARAH ASCHBRENNER. Sarah is the 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 or specifically about:

  • The statewide program
  • Curriculum materials
  • Workshops
  • Alumni
  • Fundraising
  • Research Paper contest
  • Metro Junior East Regional event
  • State History Day
  • Minnesota's participation in the NHD National Contest.

SAMMI JO PAPAS. Sammi Jo is the assistant state coordinator. 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
  • Northwest Regional event
  • Metro Junior Central Regional event
  • Contest Invoicing
  • History Day Products

ANGIE DREHMEL. Angie works with teachers throughout the metro area and in the West Central region. Email Angie with questions about:

  • West Central Regional event
  • Central Regional event

GRETCHEN HOVAN. Gretchen is a former classroom teacher. She coordinates Library Programs, summer programs, and works with schools in the southern regions. Email Gretchen or call her at 651-259-3443 with questions about:

  • Library Programs (Hullabaloos and Research Field Trips)
  • South Central Regional event
  • Southeast Regional event
  • Summer Programs

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

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
  • Summer Programs


Classroom Outreach Staff:

SUE DENIO. Sue is a retired 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.

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