Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

January 2009
National History Day logo Greetings!

Greetings from National History Day in Wisconsin! Things have been busy at the Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters Building, with students from eight different Wisconsin schools visiting us for research field trips over the past month. We have seen a variety of creative topics and are looking forward to seeing where the students take their project ideas. We hope History Day is in the air in your classroom, too!
 
Event Registration at NHDEVENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Registration forms and materials for the 2009 NHD in Wisconsin regional events will be distributed via email later this month. If this is your first year participating in NHD, it is a good idea to send a message to your regional coordinator letting them know that you intend to participate. He or she can also answer any questions you have about the regional competition. Coordinator contact information is on the NHD in Wisconsin web site.
WISCONSIN HISTORY DAY YOUTUBE CHANNEL 
Are you looking for samples of documentary projects to inspire your History Day students? Many former national finalists from across the country have made their work available on YouTube. Check out the Wisconsin History Day YouTube Channel for links to a variety of sample documentaries.
 
MASTER TEACHER NETWORK
Ever wonder how other teachers are working with NHD? Take a peek at Minnesota History Day's Master Teacher Network for a look at sample worksheets and activities from teachers implementing History Day in a variety of ways.
 
Google Book SearchRESEARCH LINK: GOOGLE BOOK SEARCH
Look at some of the Wisconsin Historical Society Library's collections without even leaving your desk! The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Historical Society are a part of Google Book Search. This works just like a web search, but searches digitized books, government documents, magazines, and more from research institutions across the country. Some items are available in full view, some in partial (based on copyright), but many students should be able to find useful primary and secondary resources: http://books.google.com/books
 
Europeana LogoRESEARCH LINK: EUROPEANA
Europeana, the European digital library, museum and archive, pulls together millions of digital paintings, sounds, videos, documents and more from all across Europe. Although still in beta testing, this site provides links to many interesting sources for the History Day researcher. For example, try searching "Beatles" and clicking on the videos tab for scenes of hysteria as they arrive in London! Visit Europeana online.
 
National Postal MuseumNATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM AND NHD
The Smithsonian Postal Museum would like to share their updated website in support of the National History Day. They have posted an introduction to primary source research along with a tips sheet on how to use postal primary sources for student projects. Special attention to the theme "The Individual in History" is referenced this year. The museum has over 9000 primary sources online.  http://postalmuseum.si.edu/nhd/
 
 
2009 NHD SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
Former NHD students who have completed two years in college may be eligible to apply for NHD summer internships in College Park, Maryland. Interns will reconnect with their History Day roots by spending the month of June preparing for and assisting with the national competition. More information and application materials are on the national NHD program's website. Applications are due March, 17, 2009.
 
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).
Sarah ClementTHANKS FOR READING!
We appreciate your support of National History Day in Wisconsin. Be the first to reply and you will win a VHS copy of "Teaching with Historic Places: A program of the National Register of Historic Places." The winner will be notified via 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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