Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

August 2010
National History Day logo Greetings!

The school year is fast approaching and I know many of you have already started planning for fall. Keep reading to learn more about updates and opportunities with National History Day in Wisconsin this year!
Teacher Workshop
We've developed a full slate of programming for all interested or experienced History Day teachers, including:
  • Introduction to NHD
  • Jumpstart NHD 2011
  • Exhibit and Website Workshops
  • Advanced Workshops
Workshops are offered in locations around the state and area FREE, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. Check out our website to learn more or sign up.
Web Site Category Students
There are several important updates for the website category for 2011:
  • Students must use the NHD Website Editor to build and submit their websites. This is the same program students used last year.
  • Group and individuals entries will be split and judged separately for the purpose of NHD competitions.
  • Students must include their process paper and bibliography in their website itself instead of mailing paper copies.
  • Changes in rules on embedded content will require all media to be uploaded through the NHD Website Editor. Links to content on YouTube or Google video, for example, will not be permitted.
Request a 2011 Curriculum CD for full category information. CDs will begin mailing soon!
Students at National Contest
Begin planning your History Day program early! We've updated our website with almost all of the 2011 NHD competition dates. Find event dates and contacts on our website.
2011 Theme Logo
Take a closer look at the 2011 NHD theme: "Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences." This theme promises a variety of engaging topics for students to explore. The flexibility of the theme allows students to look at either a debate or a diplomatic event, opening up a breadth of potential topics.

History is full of interesting debates related to important events or ideas. This can include both debates over ideas, like slavery or evolution, or actual debates that shaped history, like the Nixon/Kennedy presidential debates. Students will take a closer look at the varying opinions on both sides of an issue and analyze how that deliberation or dispute shaped history.

The word diplomacy brings up even more choices for research topics. While topics related to international affairs immediately come to mind, more local ideas are always possible, such as topics involving land ownership and treaty issues.
The second part of the theme, "Successes, Failures, Consequences," helps students to ask questions. Participants will think deeply about their topic by examining different perspectives and outcomes related to their subject. Read the theme sheet on our website.
Interested in learning more about National History Day? Planning on joining us for our 2011 NHD year? Sign up for our free curriculum CD. This CD contains many useful tools to help you implement NHD in your classroom, including student and teacher guides, topic ideas, theme information, rulebook, and more! All educators participating in a 2010 regional event are automatically signed up. All other interested educators can register for materials online.

Many longtime readers of the NHD in Wisconsin Update will notice something new about the staff at the state office. State coordinator, Sarah Clement, recently got married. You can continue to reach her as Sarah Aschbrenner. Her former email address will continue to work for several months, but please update your records to Sarah.Aschbrenner@wisconsinhistory.org for future correspondence.
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We appreciate your support of National History Day in Wisconsin.  We are excited to have you as part of our program!


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