Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

May 2009
National History Day logo Greetings!

Greetings from National History Day in Wisconsin! Congratulations and thank you to all teachers and students for a successful 2009 Wisconsin State Event. This was the largest state event we've ever hosted and it was a truly exceptional day. We hope you and your students had as much fun as our judges and volunteers did!
Team Wisconsin 2009TEAM WISCONSIN 2009
Fifty Wisconsin students who competed in the statewide finals of National History Day on May 2 will represent the Badger state at the national event June 14-18 in College Park, Maryland. Students came to the Wisconsin Historical Society headquarters in Madison to share their historical research with historians, educators, and other young scholars as they competed for the opportunity to represent Wisconsin at the national contest. The 50 finalists emerged from a field of more than 8,000 students and 109 schools statewide that took part in National History Day this year. A full listing of national finalists, honorable mentions and special award winners is available on our website. Congratulations to all participating students!
Just because National History Day is over doesn't mean you can't continue exploring history. The Wisconsin Historical Society has the resources and the people to help answer all of your history questions. In recognition of your dedication to NHD in Wisconsin, we are offering you a full-year Family Membership at the Wisconsin Historical Society for only $25. You'll receive all of the benefits of membership at half the cost. This great deal is only available for a limited time. Learn more about the many benefits of membership and sign up online.
Colonial Williamsburg is offering a free workshop to educators on Saturday, May 16, 2009 in Chicago. Teachers will participate in sessions that use early American history content as a starting point to look at 19th- and 20th-century events. 
  • Investigate topics including: the role of a citizen in the United States, what American diversity really means, and protest and reform in American history.
  • Step back in time and meet people of the past, such as Lydia Broadnax, an 18th-century enslaved woman who served George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson's law tutor and also meet our 32nd President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Each teacher will receive classroom materials including: a CD-ROM with lesson plans, primary sources, facsimile artifacts; the DVD Jefferson and Adams: A Stage Play and a subscription to one of our distance learning programs, Electronic Field Trips, broadcast live from Williamsburg.

Thanks to the generosity of donors to Colonial Williamsburg, there is no registration fee or materials charge for this conference. Email Emily Krapf at ekrapf@cwf.org by Friday, May 8, 2009 for more information or to register.

Did you work with NHD in your classroom this year but not participate in the NHD competition cycle? Please send us an email and let us know! We try to keep accurate statistics on participation in the state and your information is important to us. Notifying us of your participation will also ensure that you are on the mailing list for the 2010 curriculum materials.
The 2008-2009 school year isn't quite over yet, but we're already taking requests for the 2010 Curriculum Packet. All teachers that participated in NHD in 2009 are automatically signed up for the 2010 packet if they completed a school registration form. All other interested educators can sign up online! Packets will begin mailing in August.
During the 2009-2010 school year, National History Day invites students to research topics related to the theme: Innovation in History: Impact and Change. If you had already looked ahead at future themes, you'll notice that this is a different wording for the theme. The national NHD office has modified the theme slightly in an effort to make it more accessible to students and to force the issue of immediate impact and long term change because of the innovation. You can read the 2010 theme sheet on our website.

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about NHD in Wisconsin. The first ten educators to respond to this message at historyday@wisconsinhistory.org will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of the 2001 senior individual performance, "Picturing Us Together: The Frontier Chinese-American Community in Minneapolis," on VHS. 
Thanks for reading. We are excited to have you as part of National History Day in Wisconsin!

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