Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

March 2011
National History Day logo Greetings!

It's officially NHD in Wisconsin regional event season. It's an exciting time of year to see the culmination of student scholarship and inquiry. We hope you will be able to join us at one of our six regional events to learn more about the National History Day program!
Wisconsin Map
Regional events will take place in March and April, with registration deadlines falling several weeks before the actual competition date. Visit our website to check your regional assignment and download registration forms.

If this is your first year participating in NHD, it's also a good idea to email your regional coordinator and let him or her know you intend to participate. While not required, we appreciate your help as we make space and volunteer preparations.

Remind students that paper and website entries are due by the registration deadline. Papers must be submitted with registration forms. Website students will be locked out of editing their website once the registration deadline passes. This policy is in place to allow judges sufficient time to review entries in advance of the competition. If you have questions, please contact your regional coordinator or the state office.
Judging at NHD Events
National History Day competitions are always open to visitors. If you've been thinking about implementing NHD in your classroom, there is nothing like seeing a competition to learn more about the program:
  • Milwaukee: Saturday, March 5
  • Madison: Saturday, March 12
  • La Crosse: Wednesday, March 23 
  • Eau Claire: Thursday, March 31
  • Green Bay: Saturday, April 9
  • Stevens Point: Sunday, April 10

View our website for coordinator contact information. 

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY WORKS: National Program Evaluation

The first national evaluation of National History Day (NHD) finds that students who participate in the program perform better on high-stakes tests, are better writers, more confident and capable researchers, and have a more mature perspective on current events and civic engagement than their peers. Participants also show a greater ability to collaborate with peers, manage their time and persevere - all skills employers say are lacking in today's workforce.


"This research confirms what those of us who work with National History Day students have seen anecdotally for years. This program not only helps students improve academically, it can also change their lives. Students who are 'slipping through the cracks' of our education system find their way back and get on track to succeed in school while participating in NHD." - Cathy Gorn, NHD Executive Director


Some of the important findings include:

  • NHD students outperform their non-NHD peers on state standardized tests, not only in social studies, but in reading, science and math as well.
  • NHD students are better writers, who write with a purpose and real voice, and marshal solid evidence to support their point of view.
  • NHD students are critical thinkers who can digest, analyze and synthesize information.
  • NHD students learn 21st century skills. They learn how to collaborate with team members, talk to experts, manage their time and persevere.
  • NHD has a positive impact among students whose interests in academic subjects may wane in high school.
The full report, executive summary and other documents are available online. If you're ready to learn more, sign up for free curriculum materials.

The NHD national office is accepting applications for this summer's internship at the NHD national contest. Internship are for the entire month of June and are open to students who have completed at least two years in college and participated in NHD at any level in the past. Interns have the unique opportunity to see the national contest from a different perspective.  Internship details are on their website. Completed applications are due by March 18, 2011. 


The Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission has a new web site that is a resource for educators and local historical societies over the next five years. The site is a gathering of events and resources connected to the Civil War and Wisconsin's part in the struggle. Check it out online: http://www.civilwarwisconsin.com

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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