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.
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 discussion with Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the navigator aboard the Enola Gay when it dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima
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!
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.
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 and event judges have already given you some advice), here are the top five reasons why you absolutely should sign up for a Help Session.
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 at a regional event:
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.
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.
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.
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.