Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

October 2009
National History Day logo Greetings!

Please take note of the following important messages about the NHD program as you get started on a new year!
Beginning this year, National History Day will require all web site projects to be created using the NHD Website Editor, beginning at the school level. This web site building program is specific to NHD, but functions in the same way as many other online website tools.  To access the NHD website editor and begin building their website, students must go directly through the NHD portal.
A full suite of site-building tools will be available through the NHD Website Editor. All hosting will be performed by the NHD Website Editor servers and submission of websites to regional, state, and national levels of competition will be online. Please refer to your curriculum packet for additional website category resources!
WHS Reading Room RenovationNO WHS RESEARCH FIELDTRIPS for 2009-2010!
The renovation of the WHS Library Reading Room is finally underway! Work began on June 21, 2009 and renovations to rehabilitate the space to its original 1900 grandeur are projected to be finished at the end of February, 2010. In the meantime the library is still open, but facilities for researchers have shrunk to about a dozen available seats in the reading room. This means that we will be unable to host research fieldtrips to the library for the 2009-2010 NHD season. There is still access to the stacks and students are welcome to visit on their own or request materials through interlibrary loan, however we cannot accommodate student fieldtrips in the library. To learn more about the renovation, visit the WHS website. For more information on fieldtrip alternatives, please contact the NHD in Wisconsin office.
Sarah Michele Classroom PresentationREQUEST A CLASSROOM PRESENTATION
Let the NHD in Wisconsin staff bring the excitement of History Day into your classroom. This interactive program is designed to fit into one class period. We will introduce your students to the National History Day program, familiarize them with the presentation categories and discuss this year's theme. The presentation also includes the "Three Hats of the Historian" (a visual demonstration of the research process), a discussion of the importance of topic narrowing, and tips on creating projects in NHD project categories.
It is possible to arrange visits for multiple class periods and teachers. Dates are subject to the availability of the staff, so please contact the NHD in Wisconsin office as soon as possible to make arrangements for your classroom visit.

Teacher in ArchivesFALL 2009 EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS
Making History Day Happen
This workshop will introduce new teachers to the structure of the National History Day program and provide advice and ideas on incorporating History Day into your own classroom. NHD in Wisconsin staff and experienced classroom teachers will provide sample materials and demonstrate resources available to Wisconsin educators through the program. Student participants will also talk about their experiences and show examples of projects. Attendees will leave with ideas and tools they need to start a new year of History Day!
  • Green Bay: Thursday, Oct 29 (9:30 am - 1 pm)
  • Milwaukee: Saturday, Dec 12 (8:30 am - 3:30 pm)
  • Madison: Tuesday, Oct 20 (4 - 7 pm)
  • Register Online!
Beyond the Basics: A Closer Look at History Day
"Beyond the Basics" is an opportunity for educators familiar with National History Day to take a closer look at advanced topics related to the program. Participants will discuss the research process, strategies to guide student research, and the characteristics of a good bibliography. Participants will also review skills that are keys to any successful research project, including thesis statements, project organization, and have the opportunity to "be the judge" in evaluating History Day projects. Current participation in NHD is not required, but knowledge of the structure and framework of the program is highly recommended.

Exploring the Website Category
Don't be afraid of the newest NHD category! This workshop will teach you the basics of an NHD website and give you an opportunity to create your own site with the NHD Website Editor. This workshop will address the newest rules for the category for the 2009-2010 school year. We will also spend time taking a closer look at actual NHD websites. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the structure and framework of the category and ideas on how to guide students in creating website entries. Current participation in NHD is not required, but knowledge of the structure and framework of the program is highly recommended.

Join us for food and great conversation! Connect with other teachers in your area and get excited about a new National History Day year! These informal get-togethers will give participating teachers a chance to talk with other History Day educators about a variety of subjects. This year, topics include the annual theme and important changes in the website category. Most importantly, participants can talk with each other about ideas for implementation, and discuss their profession in general while meeting new colleagues. You'll also be able to take part in the popular NHD materials swap meet! Participants are welcome to attend any roundtable, even if it is not in their assigned region. Current or past participation in National History Day is required. Please RSVP to the state NHD office at least three days before the roundtable.
  • La Crosse: Thursday, Oct 15: 4:30 - 7:00 pm
  • Madison: Thursday, Oct 22: 4:30 - 7 pm
  • Green Bay: Thursday, Oct 29: 4:30 - 7 pm
Theme Logo 2010LEARN ABOUT THE 2010 THEME
During the 2009-2010 school year, National History Day invites students to research topics related to the theme: Innovation in History: Impact and Change.
  • You can read the 2010 theme sheet on our website.
  • The national 2010 NHD Theme Book has some great essays and lessons related to the theme. You can download your own copy as a PDF from the national office.
  • Educator Note: Students will likely want to look at inventions. However, remind them that innovation means change, which can happen through events, people, and ideas as well. Innovation can occur in the social, political, economic, or cultural spheres as well as technological. Understanding the breadth of the word "innovation" opens up many more possibilities for student research.  
Looking for an informative and interactive resource for your exhibit students? The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library has a great resource to help History Day students understand exhibit design. Check it out!
Interested in NHD? Now is the time to get involved and bring history to life in your classroom. Sign up online for free curriculum materials!
 Sarah Michele and SarahTHANKS FOR READING!
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