Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

September 2010
National History Day logo Greetings!

We have a variety of exciting opportunities for teachers and students this fall. Keep reading to learn more and bring the excitement of National History Day into your classroom!
Teacher Workshop
The Making History Day Happen 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!
  • Milwaukee: Saturday, September 25 (8:30 - 12:00)
  • Madison: Saturday, October 23 (8:30 - 12:00)
  • Green Bay: Thursday, October 28 (8:30 - 12:00)
  • Madison: Wednesday, November 17 (4:00 - 6:30)

Many other workshops will be offered this fall. Check out our website to learn more or sign up.
Interested in learning more about National History Day? Considering 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 should have already received a CD. All other interested educators can register for materials online.
Classroom Presentations
Invite a Wisconsin Historical Society staff member to join your class for a day! Our interactive classroom presentations are designed to introduce students to the basics of the NHD program, share samples of projects, get students thinking about the theme and topics, and excite participants for their NHD adventure. Especially for teachers working with NHD for the first time, this presentation is a great way to kick off the program in your school. Email Sarah Aschbrenner to schedule a date.
WHS Library Renovation Complete
Renovations to the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Reading Room were completed this summer. We are excited to once again host research field trips! Field trips are a great way to get your students excited about research while teaching them important skills. To schedule or learn more about research field trip, visit our website.
Students at National Contest
Begin planning your History Day program early! We've updated our website with 2011 NHD competition dates. Find event dates and contacts on our website.
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.
National Archives Logo
Check out DocsTeach, a new tool from the National Archives. DocsTeach allows teachers to build interactive online lessons featuring primary source documents. You can create your own lessons with 3,000 selected documents and several interactive formats or check out some of the ready-made activities.
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.
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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