First Steps

You are about to embark on a History Day journey that involves many steps. As you get started, look through some of the resources below to help guide you over the course of this project. Remember you can always contact the History Day staff if you have any questions. 

Theme Info: The 2021 Theme is "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding." 

Topic Selection: You want to make sure to pick a topic that is old enough, has a good variety of resources, fits the theme, and interests you.

FAQs: Do you have questions about part of the project? What should I be researching? These FAQs cover everything there is to know as you start your project.

Rulebook: Sometimes teachers have different requirements than the offical Rule Book. Make sure to double check the rules for your category before any competitions!

Student Guide 2020: Download this how-to guide to keep track of your progress, get tips, and more.

Sample Timeline: Teachers will assign specific due dates for schools, but this timeline is a general outline of the History Day year.

Calendar: This calendar includes the most important History Day events and information.

Thesis Info: Thesis statements are necessary for a project in every category. These worksheets can help you determine how to start yours.

Student Research Guide 2020: This packet can help you track your notes as you do your research.

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