The West Central Minnesota Regional History Day is coming up next week, Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Comstock Memorial Union at MSUM. Attached is a flyer regarding History Day judging. We are in need of 35 judges this year for the event from 3 to 8 p.m. (FREE PIZZA FOR JUDGES!) If you are interested in being a judge please click the following link to the Minnesota Historical Society History Day Judge sign up form. If you don’t know what History Day is all about, you can find out more about it at mnhs.org

For the most part, the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) puts on the event, in collaboration with the History Department at MSUM. The History Department helps recruit Mentors and Judges for the event. Judges can be faculty, staff, students or community members. Mentors and judges do not need to be involved with the MSUM History Department, they just need to have an interest in history! We ask your help in promoting this event, so spread the word. To sign up to be a judge, simply click the above link to fill out the form. Judges must register in advance. After signing up you will receive further information from the Minnesota Historical Society History Day staff. There will be a brief judge training at 3 p.m. on the day of the event and actual judging begins at 4, judges also get free pizza. If you have not been involved with History Day before, below is a little information about the event quoted from the Minnesota Historical Society website.

National History Day is an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12. History Day teaches students to:

  • Conduct in-depth research
  • Use primary and secondary sources
  • Read a variety of texts
  • Analyze and synthesize information
  • Write and present historical content

Students choose a topic that relates to an annual theme, research that topic, and develop their research into one of five presentation categories: research paper, exhibit, documentary, performance, or website. Students may then enter their projects into History Day competitions at school, regional, state, and national levels.

If you have any further questions please contact Cyrus Hair with the Minnesota Historical Society at 651-259-3429, cyrus.hair@mnhs.org or Melissa Howard with the MSUM History Program 218-477-2812, melissa.howard@mnstate.edu.