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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.

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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: 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...

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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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Category Tips Series: Websites

The website category, at first glance, might seem like the "easiest." But it is more than cutting and pasting text into a web program. You still need to make some pretty thoughtful decisions.


  1. Write all of your text first. Don't just open up Weebly, start building pages, and type your words in. It is hard to stay organized that way. Write your complete text first. That way, you can see how it...
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Category Tips Series: Performances

If you have chosen to do a performance, then you likely have a dramatic flair. But for History Day, you cannot rely on fancy costumes or elaborate backdrops to make your performance great.


  1. Your script should be as realistic as possible. Time travel, speaking from beyond the grave, statues coming to life, and modern students conversing with long-dead historical figures do not lend an...
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Category Tips Series: Documentaries

Next up in the Category Tips Series: Documentaries! Students may be experts with technology, but there are some substance and style issues they should pay attention to when creating documentaries.


  1. "Say cow, see cow." The images on screen should match the script that is being read. If you are speaking about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, don't just show random pictures of Hawaii, or stock...
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Category Tips Series: Exhibits

School History Day events are happening fast and furious in these early days of February, and students are making changes and updates to their projects. This series of blogs will offer hints for each category to help students make the best possible showing at school and possibly regional events.


  1. Be conservative with font and color choices. Use readable fonts, and no more than two fonts on...
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Primary Sources 101

Primary sources can be a tricky business: what are they? where are they? how do I use them?

In some situations, it can be difficult to pin down the exact nature of a primary source, especially when it comes to citing that source in a bibliography. And even trickier still, a lot of people have slightly different definitions of what constitutes a primary source.

Here are a few rules of thumb to think about, regarding primary...

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Short, Sweet and to the Point: Thesis Statements

The time is nearing.

Topics have been chosen, research is in full swing, students are starting to ponder color schemes and costume choices. That can only mean that the time for one of the most difficult steps in the process is at hand: the writing of the thesis statement.

The thesis statement, best written when students are in the middle of their research so the statement is based on knowledge but still has a chance to be...

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Hypothesis v. Thesis Statement

hy•poth•e•sis/hīˈpäTHəsis/ Noun

  1. A supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.
  2. A proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth.

the•sis/ˈTHēsis/ Noun.

  1. A statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved: “can you...

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