Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

April 2012
National History Day logo Greetings!

The state contest is just around the corner! Join us this Saturday, May 5, to see National History Day in action as more than 450 students present their work at this year's event. Read on for more details.

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Judging at Events
The final schedule of student presentations for this year's state event is now available on our website. Check out the wide variety of topics! Visitors are always welcome at the event. Visit our website for more information.  
Final Round Schedules: A second round of presentations will be conducted in the following categories beginning at 1:30 PM. In these categories, first-round judges will select the top projects from each room to proceed to the final round. The projects selected for the final round will be announced as they become available, between 12:45 and 1:30 PM in the Pyle Center Main Lobby. The selected students will present their projects to another panel of judges, beginning promptly at 1:30. Judges will NOT interview students in the final round. 
  • Junior Individual Documentary
  • Junior Group Documentary
  • Senior Individual Documentary
  • Senior Group Documentary
  • Junior Individual Performance
  • Junior Group Performance

Exhibit Word Count: The National History Day in Wisconsin program is part of a pilot project to test a potential update to the History Day rulebook. At the Wisconsin State Event, all exhibit entries must include the number of student-composed words in the exhibit as part of their title page. View the flyer (PDF) for more information. 


Event Orientation Session Cancelled: Because of space limitations, we have cancelled the optional Event Orientation session. If you have questions about logistics or locations, please talk to the volunteers in the Pyle Center Main Lobby. 


Parking and Directions: Construction and other events in the downtown area may mean more congestion than usual. Please bring with the parking and directions sheets from your state event registration packet for a full listing of nearby parking ramps. 


Awards Ceremony Split: Because of space limitations, TWO SEPARATE awards ceremonies will be held for Junior Division and Senior Division students at nearby locations on campus. These awards ceremonies will run at the same time, 4:30-5:15 PM. The same documentary presentation will be shown before each award ceremony. Please see our website for more information. 


Documentary Technology and Testing: Each room will be equipped with a media console that will accommodate VHS/DVD and laptop projection through a 15-pin VGA cable connection. Projects on DVD should be checked on a standard, non-computer based DVD player before arrival at the event to ensure that they will play. We strongly suggest that students bring an extra copy of their DVD and a copy of their project in another format as a backup for the event. Documentary rooms will open at 8:30 AM. Students may test their equipment before judging begins at 9:00, or test it during the room's break. Be courteous! Testing your equipment should not interfere with the ability of the next scheduled student(s) to begin setting up their project.

National finalist, honorable mention, and special award winner results will available at the awards ceremonies on Saturday, May 5. Can't make it to the event? Results will be posted to the website as soon as we are able on Monday, May 7, 2012. 
2013 NHD Theme Logo
While the state event isn't over yet, we're already thinking about next year when the NHD theme will be "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events." Read the full theme sheet on our website. 
Teacher Workshop

Thinking about adding National History Day to your classroom next year? Join us for a series of webinars and workshops to help you prepare for the 2012-2013 academic year. A series of two hour-long webinars will help share basic information on the program. First, join us for an introduction to National History Day, then the following week learn more about specific implementation models for use in your classroom.  


Later in the summer we will be offer an in-person workshop to jumpstart the year. Information on the 2013 theme, "Turning Points in History," will be discussed, as well as sample projects and information about the support of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Detailed descriptions of each webinar and workshop, along with sign-up information can be found on our website.

All Wisconsin teachers who participated in National History Day in 2012 are automatically signed up to receive the 2013 Curriculum CD. These CDs are full of useful information to implement History Day in your classroom, including curriculum guides, student and teacher materials, theme activities, PowerPoints, and more. If you want to get on the list, visit our website to sign up

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Sarah Aschbrenner, State Coordinator
National History Day in Wisconsin
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