National History Day is a program designed to help students experience history in ways other than through the typical classroom environment. Learning history through National History Day is a different experience for students. They study historical issues, ideas, people and events by engaging in historical research and then presenting their findings in one of five ways.

Each year, National History Day chooses a theme for students to use as the framework for their research. The theme is intentionally broad enough for students to be able to select topics from any place (local, state, national or world history) and any time period. This year’s theme is Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.

In order to select your topic, there are a few guidelines you should follow. Make sure the topic fits the theme. The chosen topic should be narrow enough to be researched thoroughly in the time available and the topic should be significant.

Once a topic has been chosen, the next step is to investigate the historical context, historical significance and topic’s relationship to theme by conducting research in libraries, archives and museums, through oral history interviews and by visiting historic sites.

Once this information is gathered, it needs to put together in a form of presentation. There are four categories for presentation of National History Day projects:
Historical Paper (individual only)
Historical Documentary (individual or group)
Historical Exhibit (individual or group)
Historical Performance (indiviudal or group)
Website (individual or group)
There are separate guidelines for each type of presentation

National History Day presentations begin with the regional competition. Regional competition for our area takes place at Winona State University on MONDAY, MARCH 5th, 2012. Please note that this is during Spring Break!!! From regionals, projects that advance will participate in the state level competition on the University of Minnesota campus, SATURDAY, April 29, 2012.

We will meet each Thursday at your scheduled time. In addition I will be available in the Media center every Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. so you can work on your reserach.

Look in your folder for completion dates to stay on track for the February presentations.