Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

March 2012
National History Day logo Greetings!

We had a great time at our first regional event in Milwaukee this past Saturday. We were impressed with the creativity of the students and are looking forward to three more regional events in March and two in April.

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NHD Rulebook
As your students are finishing up projects and preparing for regional events, remind them to take one more look at the NHD rulebook (PDF). This document can answer many questions about size, time limits, and process papers/bibliographies. Students are also welcome to email us for help at any time. 
The 2012 Wisconsin Council for Social Studies conference will take place in Middleton on March 18 - 19. In addition to many other great sessions, there will be two presentations from the Wisconsin Historical Society: 
  • Learn more about National History Day in Wisconsin. See sample projects, hear about the framework of the framework of the program, and learn about ways you can begin using it in your classroom.
  • See the wide variety of resources available from the Wisconsin Historical Society. We can help you to make history come to life in your classroom using award-winning publications, our world-class library and archives, historic sites and museums around the state, and an in-depth website.  

Visit the conference website for registration information. 

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The Wisconsin Historical Society seeks a full-time school services director. The position assists schools and K-12 teachers in teaching Wisconsin history. The position provides direct program services statewide to schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, but with primary focus on 4th grade education. The school services director assumes primary responsibility for:

  • creating instructional materials for classroom use;  
  • initiating teacher training opportunities in researching and presenting state and local history;  
  • developing a network of educators interested in teaching state and local history; and  
  • coordinating Society-wide educational initiatives in conjunction with all Society programs to ensure the inclusion of educational perspective.

The School Services director produces instructional materials in print and other media developed specifically to meet the social studies curriculum guidelines for Wisconsin schools. The most prominent of these is the 4th grade Wisconsin history textbook, Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story, which is used each year by more than 30,000 Wisconsin 4th graders. The School Services director also develops and presents demonstrations, classes, workshops, seminars, lectures, and special events for educators. In a typical year, the position meets with and makes presentations to educators in 20 communities around the state.


For additional information and instructions on how to apply, visit our website. Completed online applications materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2012.

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Students are allowed and encouraged to improve their projects between NHD competitions. Most students will use the feedback from judges at regional events to make changes before the state event. If students are looking for additional feedback, they can join NHD in Wisconsin staff members at one of several workshops throughout the state. Students are welcome to attend any workshop, even if they did not attend that regional competition.

  •  Milwaukee: Saturday, March 17 from 9:30 AM -12:00 PM
  •  La Crosse: Wednesday, March 28 from 3:30-8:00 PM
  •  Eau Claire: Tuesday, April 10 from 3:30-8:00 PM
  •  Madison: Thursday, April 12 from 3:30-8:00 PM
  •  Appleton: Thursday, April 19 from 3:30-8:00 PM

Students must RSVP at least two days in advance. Students will sign up for a 20-minute meeting with a staff member and will not need to be present for the entire duration of the workshop. Students will receive specific location and time information after they RSVP to Sarah Aschbrenner.  Information on these workshops can also be found in the registration packets distributed to each state finalist at their regional event awards ceremony. 

Judging at Events
Registrations will be due soon for upcoming events in Madison, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Stevens Point. Please note the following to prepare your students: 
  • Registration Deadlines: Check our website for registration materials and deadlines. Registration materials must be received by the deadline by your regional coordinator. These deadlines are often several weeks before the competition date.
  • Papers and Websites: Paper and website entries must be completed in advance of the competition and are due at the same time as registration materials. This allows judges sufficient time to review projects in advance of the competition.
  • First Time?: If this is your first time at a History Day event, be sure to email the regional coordinator and let them know. You may also want to check out our Competitions Power Point to get a better idea of what a History Day event looks like. 

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Sarah Michele and SarahTHANKS FOR READING!

Be the first person to respond to this e-mail and win a copy of "A People's History of the Civil War" by David Williams. 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
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