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History Day Teacher Workshops

Fall 2014 Teacher Workshops and Webinars

Registrants cancelling 24 hours before the workshop are eligible for a refund or credit. (This includes weather related cancellations.) Less than 24 hours notice - Registrants who are unable to attend the workshop may substitute someone to attend in their place; substitutions will be made at the registration desk the day of the event. No refunds or credits will be granted for non-attendance or cancellations.


History Day 101

History Day 101 will address the fundamentals of History Day.  History Day staff will cover the program framework implementation strategies. See examples of projects, learn about support resources, and discuss standards, program benefits, and next steps to bring History Day into your classroom.  Participants will leave with a variety of classroom-ready tools to begin implementing History day in their own schools.

  • Closed: September 30, 2014, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost: $85
  • Closed: November 4, 2014, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost:$85
  • Closed: Bundle "HD101" with the "Leadership and Legacy" workshop on the following day for only $150 total!
  • Register: May 6, 2015, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost: $85 Email Jill Hengstler to register

Leadership and Legacy in History: The 2015 National History Day Theme

The 2015 History Day theme is more complex than you think – and offers students a rich array of topic possibilities.  Take a closer look at ways to understand the theme pitfalls to avoid, and how to incorporate the theme into thesis statements and projects.  Presenters will also discuss how issues of historical context and perspective will play a key role in helping students to understand this years’ theme. 

  • Closed: October 1, 2014, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost: $85
  • Closed: November 5, 2014, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost: $85
  • Closed: Bundle "Leadership and Legacy" with the "HD101" workshop on the previous day for only $150 total!

Historical Research for National History Day

Research is the foundation of strong History Day projects.  This workshop will take a closer look at historical research and discuss the approaches to guiding student researchers.  The workshop will address both online and offline research resources, developing research questions, classroom management of student research and research from the point of view of History Day competitions.



History Day Theme Webinar

“Leadership and Legacy in History” is a great theme for students interested in all areas of history. Get the basics for approaching the 2015 theme from the History Day staff.
  • The live webinar is over, but you can purchase a recording and digital copies of the materials for $10 by contacting Jill Hengstler at jill.hengstler@mnhs.org or 651-259-3429

Thesis Statement Webinar

A clear thesis is at the heart of each History Day project.  Take a closer look at the characteristics of effective thesis statements and discuss approaches to guiding students.

Project Organization Webinar

A little strategy can go a long way in creating informative and effective History Day projects. Learn how students can best organize information and discuss tips for each category. 

Competitions and Judging Webinar

What should you expect at a History Day competition? Discuss how to best prepare students, the judging process, and get answer to questions you have about Regional and State events.

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