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Type: Announcements

2014-2015 U.S. History Teaching Cohort Opportunity!

U.S. History teachers in Minnesota: apply for an exciting new opportunity! MNHS Education is accepting applications for a teacher cohort for the 2014-2015 school year, focused on teaching U.S. history with pop culture. Space is limited, applications due Nov. 3!
Type: Announcements

NHD Weebly Wipe: Happens September 5th!

From NHD:

All NHD Weebly Web Site Entries,

Starting September 5th NHD and Weebly will be conducting a NHD web site entry wipe.

Weebly has released a conversion tool enabling the transfer of your NHD web site to standard Weebly in the effort to preserve your project. By simply logging into nhd.weebly.com, with your username and password, you...

Type: Announcements

Regional Event Information

Got a question about regional event deadlines, locations, times or need to contact your regional representative?  We've got it all on our Regional Events page!

Type: Articles

History Day Kids in the news!

Check out Minnesota History Day kids making news in their local papers!

Billy Menor, Duluth
Maddie Pavek, Rochester
Type: Articles

HD student and Teacher Attend NHD Summer Institute in Normandy, France

Blaine student's D-Day study lets her walk in a hero's footsteps

Pioneer Press

By Joseph Lindberg

Type: Announcements

Laura Zeccardi Obituary

The services for Laura Zeccardi will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, at the Chatfield Lutheran Church. Laura's full obituary was recently posted in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Type: Announcements

History Day staffer Laura Zeccardi passes away

We are sad to report the sudden passing of History Day Outreach Specialist, Laura Zeccardi. Over the past five days, University of Minnesota physicians discovered that Laura had an undetected bone tumor that ultimately triggered a blood clot into her lungs. Laura died peacefully early Sunday morning at the U of M hospital while she was being comforted by her family.

Laura's father shared that her work at MHS brought her tremendous joy...

Type: Announcements

History Day Teachers Nominated for MN Teacher of the Year

History day students are always doing amazing things, and so are our teachers! Three History Day teachers have been nominated and are eligible for Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2013. Congratulations to Ron Hustvedt (Salk Middle School, Elk River), David Howard (Capitol Hill Magnet School, St. Paul), and Robin Kessler (Kenwood Trail Middle School, Lakeville).

The 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced Sunday, May 5, at...

Type: Articles

New NHDWeebly Features!

Check out three recent updates to NHDWeebly here

Type: Blog

2012 National Qualifier, Emma Weisner participates in "A Salute to Freedom"

To celebrate the opening of the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, The National WWII Museum partnered with National History Day to bring 51 middle and high school students to New Orleans to represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As part of this honor, each student selected a way their state influenced or was influenced by World War II. The students chose a variety of ways their state contributed to the American war effort...

Type: Blog

2012 International Conference on WWII - Archive Videos

WWII Topic? Four sessions from this year's International Conference on WWII are now archived for use by History Day students. View them using the link below.

- Presentations by Jerry Strahan, author of Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats that Won World War II and Betty Reid Soskin, a 91 year old Ranger with the National Park Service who discusses what it’s like to suddenly find yourself a “living primary source.”

- A...

Type: Blog

National History Day Releases 2013 Logo

The National History Day office recently released the 2013 logo to accompany next year's theme: Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.

The NHD staff has also released the 2013 theme narrative, an annual description of the theme, with specific ideas to consider. Stay tuned in the fall for the Minnesota theme narrative and topic ideas!


Type: Announcements

State History Day Results are In

Congratulations to all State History Day students who participated in the event yesterday at the University of Minnesota. It was an amazing day, filled with hundreds of outstanding projects. More than 1,200 students attended the event, representing schools from all corners of the state. Sixty-four students were chosen to represent Minnesota at the National Competition in June.

For full contest results,...

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State Contest Schedule Posted!

The State History Day contest schedule has been posted! Visit the State History Day event page to view the schedule of judging times.

This schedule is subject to change, so all students should still plan on registering on the morning of State History Day to receive their final judge time and location. 

Contact Katie...

Type: Announcements

State Contest Guide: Posted!

The State Contest Guide has been posted on the State event page. If you are attending State History Day, or have a student or students attending, please take the time to read this guide. It provides important information about the day, including:

  • Directions to campus. These are updated due to light-rail construction; please read carefully!
  • Basic...
Type: Blog

That All-Important Paperwork

Sometimes, finishing a History Day project can seem like the end of a marathon. Months of research, writing and project creation leads to great satisfactions, but also a bit of exhaustion. 

But the actual project itself is not completed until all the paperwork is wrapped up. The bibliography and process paper should never be an afterthought; that information is among the most important that judges will review. 

Ideally, students...

Type: Blog

Top Five Reasons to Attend a Help Session

If you are a History Day student advancing to the State History Day content, congratulations! If you are still waiting to compete at regionals, good luck! Keep in mind that state qualifiers have the opportunity to meet up with a History Day staffer to get feedback on their projects before the State contest on April 29. 

But if you're wondering exactly why you should go and get some extra help (especially if your teachers and parents...

Type: Blog

Regional Event Judging: What to Expect

Regional event season officially begins in two days! Thousands of students around the state will soon be presenting their hard work to a team of judges, and for many students, this is their first academic encounter with someone other than their parent or teacher. 

Judging can be a nerve-wracking process for some students, especially if they're not quite sure what to expect. Here are a few things students can expect from their judging...

Type: Articles

History Day Teacher and Student to Visit Normandy

Nancy Ziemer, a History Day teacher from North View Junior High in Brooklyn Park, and her former History Day student, Park Center High School senior Lacy Myrman, will participate in an amazing opportunity this summer. 

As part of aNational History Day summer institute, "Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom," Ziemer and Myrman engage in a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II this summer. Fifteen student/teacher teams will travel to...

Type: Blog

Category Tips Series: Papers

The research paper category is the most traditional format for a historian's work, and probably the format that you will be creating the most if you head to college. For your pre-college career, a History Day paper might be the longest one you have ever written.

Research Papers

  1. The thesis statement should appear immediately. You don't want to leave any doubt about your argument, so the thesis...


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