Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

January 2010
National History Day logo Greetings!

Happy New Year! This month's newsletter is filled with many professional development opportunities for educators as well as valuable information about the NHD program. Keep reading to learn more!
The two accepted styles for citations and bibliographies in NHD projects are: 
  • Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertation 
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Whichever style students choose to use, it is important that they remain consistent with that style throughout their NHD project and bibliography.  It is also important that they remain consistent to whichever edition of that style guide they are using.  While the NHD Rule Book indicates the 5th edition of the MLA guide, students are allowed to use the 5th edition and any edition coming after it (6th and 7th).  However, students must be consistent and use the same edition for their entire project.
Changes in MLA's New 7th edition 
Some of the changes in the new 7th edition of the MLA handbook, published in 2009, are quite different from previous editions; which could cause confusion for students, teachers, and judges.  There is a good website that highlights the main points of the new MLA 7th edition: The OWL at Purdue.
What this Means for Your Students 
Make sure that your students know not just what style they are using for their bibliographies, MLA or Turabian, but also what edition they should be using.
What this Means for Judges
We will make sure that judges at regional, state, and national competitions are aware of these changes and guidelines. Judges will look for consistency of style within the projects and bibliographies.
Is Turabian still Acceptable?
Yes! It is also important to emphasize that students can still use the Turabian style for NHD. They do not have to use the new MLA guide.
Regional events for National History Day are just around the corner. Registration forms are available on our website. Regional coordinators will also begin mailing specific event information out later this month via email. Contact information and regional event assignments are also online.

Secondary school teachers of United States history and government are invited to apply for a summer institute, Federal Trials and Great Debates in United States History, to be held June 27-July 2, 2010, in Washington, DC. The institute is co-sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center and the American Bar Association Division for Public Education.

The institute will provide teachers with the training and resources to engage students in the history of landmark federal cases. This year's institute will study trials under the Sedition Act of 1798, Ex parte Merryman and debates on habeas corpus during the Civil War, and a trial of bootleggers during Prohibition.

Participation will be limited to 20 teachers. Travel, lodging, and meal expenses will be reimbursed. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2010. Further information and application materials are available on the American Bar Association website.

Applications are now being accepted for dozens of 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
  • Stipends to offset travel costs
Seminars are limited to 30 participants by competitive application. Preference is given to new applicants. The application deadline is February 15, 2010. More information and application materials are available on The Gilder Lehrman Institutes' website.
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!
National History Day is more than just one day. It's a yearlong program designed to connect students with the study of history as they conduct their own historical research. 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.
This workshop will take place in Milwaukee on Thursday, January 14 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, there is no cost to attend this workshop! You can learn more about NHD and register for this workshop on our website.

Exhibits boards are available from the Minnesota History Day program for interested teachers and students. Available in black or white, these boards are larger than the typical science fair boards and come with optional title panels. Boards are only $7.00 each and are available in packs of 10. Download the order form and learn more about the boards. (This link opens a PDF file.)
Sarah Michele and SarahTHANKS FOR READING!
We appreciate your support of National History Day in Wisconsin. Be one of the first 10 readers to send a message to historyday@wisconsinhistory.org and you will be entered in a drawing to win one special prize package of adhesive products for your classroom! The winner will be notified by email.
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