Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

December 2008
National History Day logo Greetings!

As we are about to move into a new year, we have been reflecting on all of the great things that have happened for National History Day in Wisconsin in 2008. A record-breaking 7,800 students participated in the state along with 180 educators. Out first survey of all students attending regional competitions revealed some fantastic statistics in support of the program:
  • The majority of students identified History Day as one of their better learning experiences!
  • More than 90% of students felt that History Day improved their research skills and more than 80% felt the project developed skills that would be useful in other classes
  • In the words of one student, "History Rules!"

Thanks for all of your help in making 2008 a great year!

 
NHD Student and ParentBRING-YOUR-OWN-PROJECT WORKSHOP
Students who would like extra guidance or feedback can meet personally with members of the NHD team at the Wisconsin Historical Society to discuss their projects. We can help students overcome research obstacles, provide personal assistance in using the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives, and suggest ways to fine-tune projects according to the NHD evaluation criteria. Each workshop appointment lasts approximately 30 minutes, depending on the type of assistance the participant would like to receive.
 
NHD in Wisconsin staff members will be at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison all day on Saturday, January 24 for appointments. To schedule a meeting, students can email historyday@wisconsinhistory.org or call at (608) 264-6487.
 

 
History Day Exhibit BoardsBUY HISTORY DAY EXHIBIT BOARDS
High-quality exhibit boards are again available from the Minnesota History Day program. Unlike the typical science fair boards that can be purchased at office supply stores, these exhibit boards have proportional panels and more height.  This creates a more balanced display of images, sources, and text. The double-thick, corrugated boards are 48 inches tall and 72 inches wide. When displayed there are 23.5 inch wide side panels and a 25 inch wide center panel.  Optional title panels extend to the maximum 40 inch width allowed by History Day rules and are 10 inches tall.
 
In order to be shipped, boards and title panels must be ordered in increments of 10.  Exhibit boards are $7.00 each and title panels are $2.00 each. Prices include shipping and handling. More information and an order form are available on the NHD in Wisconsin web site (PDF, 30KB).
 
Afterschool ToolkitNHD AS AN AFTERSCHOOL CLUB
Have you considered getting your feet wet with NHD by working with the program as an afterschool club? The New York State History Day program has developed a useful resource for these teachers. Their History Day club toolkit is available through their CafePress Store and contains useful information on how to guide student research in this format.
GILDER LEHRMAN SUMMER SEMINARS FOR TEACHERS
Applications are now being accepted for 40 summer seminars on a wide variety of topics sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute. The Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars are designed to strengthen participants' commitment to high quality history teaching. Public, parochial, independent school teachers, and National Park Service rangers are eligible. These weeklong seminars provide intellectual stimulation and a collaborative context for developing practical resources and strategies to take back to the classroom.

Seminars include:
  • Room and board
  • Books and teaching resources
  • Stipends of $400 (international seminar stipend of $500)
Seminars are limited to 30 participants by competitive application. Preference is given to new applicants. The application deadline is February 15, 2009. More information and application materials are available on The Gilder Lehrman Institutes' website.
 
Civil War PhotographCOOL LINK: SOLVING A CIVIL WAR MYSTERY
Want to help students learn more about how photographs can be manipulated to tell a story or change someone's opinion or point of view? The Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress has presented a case study based on a reference question about a photograph of Ulysses S. Grant. Students can use the clues provided to determine if the photograph is real or not. http://memory.loc.gov/pp/cwphtml/cwpmystery.html
 
APA LogoHISTORIC PRESERVATION ESSAY CONTEST
Every year, the American Planning Association (APA) invites 11th and 12th grade high school students to write about the critical planning issues facing their communities. This year is the 100th year of the American planning movement. To help celebrate this landmark, students are being asked to develop an historic preservation plan for their community. Awards include two $5000 scholarships and ten $100 gift certificates to APA's PlanningBooks.com. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2009.
 
This year's essay assignment asks students to:  "...explore your community's history and develop an historic preservation plan to preserve the most significant historic areas, buildings, elements, and features of your community. Several themes are available to help focus ideas and more information is can be found on the American Planning Association web site
Sarah ClementTHANKS FOR READING!
We appreciate your support of National History Day in Wisconsin. Be one of the first 25 readers to send a message to historyday@wisconsinhistory.org and you will be entered in a drawing to win one copy of "King of Hearts: Dr. Lillehei's Medical Odyssey," a VHS sample senior individual performance, produced by Minnesota History Day. The winner will be notified by email.
Thanks for reading. We are excited to have you as part of National History Day in Wisconsin!
 
Sincerely,

Sarah Clement, State Coordinator
National History Day in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Historical Society 
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