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Students Learn History

Students Learn History

Betty Crocker takes center stage in Individual Original Performance.
For more than two decades the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota's Department of History have partnered to build student participation in the National History Day program. In 2010 alone, nearly 30,000 students in grades 6 - 12 participated, making History Day one of the leading social studies enrichment programs in the state!

The program's goal is to promote the study of history by engaging teachers and students in the excitement of historical inquiry and creative presentation. Students choose historical topics related to an annual theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics significance in history, student present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performance and documentaries in competitions at the local, state and national levels.


Students and teacher mug for the camera!
Through their History Day journey, students are supported by the Society's History Day staff, teachers and undergraduate mentors from the University's Twin Cities, Morris and Duluth campuses, plus libraries and county historical societies throughout the state. These partnerships make the History Day program much stronger and connect students to available research resources, no matter where they live. Each of these partners has helped make Minnesota a national leader in the History Day program. Click here for the highlights of the 2010 National History Day, just concluded near Washington, D.C.

The History Day curriculum is flexible and provides the ideal format to meet the state's graduation standards, while helping students develop skills necessary for success on the pathway to higher education. David Larson, a member of the University Of Minnesota Board of Regents and the Minnesota Historical Society Executive Council puts it this way, "History Day is a life changing program for kids. It is about more than history. History Day teaches students the skills they need to be successful in the workforce �?? presentation skills, research skills, teamwork and collaboration. This program is a game changer for kids."


Students and teacher mug for the camera!
The critical funding for this state-wide program comes from key individuals, corporate foundations, family trusts and from endowment income designated to our educational programs and services. We would welcome the opportunity to work with you to plan a gift that will support this or one of the many Society programs that preserve and share Minnesota's history for future generations. For more information on how you can participate and support the History Day program, please log on to www.mnhs.org/school/historyday/program.




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