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Welcome to Regional Event Season

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Our first regional event is Thursday, March 5, and they continue through Tuesday, March 31. Here is some information to help you and your students survive the craziness that is regional event season.

  • Make sure you send in your school’s registration forms by the deadline, which is two weeks before your regional event. Late forms delay event schedules.
  • When you check the event schedule, posted on our website a few days before the event, check for name misspellings. These are the names that will go on certificates, so you’ll want to ensure they’re spelled correctly. Also check for missing entries — we don’t want to leave anyone out who is supposed to be competing!
  • Unless it is an emergency, we can’t change judging times after the schedule has been posted.
  • Information and directions for all events is posted on our website. You can send parents here to print out PDFs if they are coming to view the event.

Please feel free to contact us, and please be patient with us during this busy time. This is a great time of year, but the sheer size of the events certainly keeps everyone on their toes. Here’s a little glimpse of the regional participation in Minnesota for 2009:

  • 12 regional events within 26 days
  • 218 schools participating in regional events
  • Approximately 4,300 students participate in the regional events
  • About 1,100 students (excluding paper and website) advance to the state competition

Last minute sources?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Hey Students-

 
So, how are the History Day projects coming along? Everything making sense? Have you been able to connect your person’s actions to a legacy? I hope so, because as I am sure you know that the due dates for projects are fast approaching.

 
Need some last minute sources? Just use your library card. Going to your library is the quickest way to obtain some instant History Day help not only because of the books, but also because librarians will be excited to help you.

 
Also, with your library card, in most areas throughout the state, you can access their online databases. The best one for primary sources is the Historic New York Times online, which allows you to access historic newspaper articles.  This is like a google but for newspaper articles.  These articles are practically begging to be used on you projects so check it out! If you are unsure about the specifics of accessing the site you should contact your local librarian for assistance.

 
Good luck and see you all soon.

Exhibit Boards @ the History Center

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Parents, as many of you are experiencing your students are well on their way to creating the final product for History Day in Minnesota. I have had many calls in the past couple of weeks asking if we have any of those famous poster boards that you can normally find at craft stores.  And the answer is YES!!!

This is a popular time of the year for students to be completing projects for science fair and other academic competitions so many of the stores are sold out of these background boards. But here at the History Center we have some great boards that teachers through out the state order to help push their students to the next level.

Unlike the typical science fair boards, these exhibit boards have proportional panel and more height. This creates a more balanced display of images, sources and text. The double-thick, corrugated boards are 48 inches tall and 72 inches wide. When displaye there are 23.5 inch wide side panels and a 25 inch wide center panel. We are also offering a title panel this year to complete the exhibit.

If you are interested in purchasing an exhibit board please contact me at (651)-259-3426. The cost of the board is $7.00 and the title panel is $2.00. Unfortunately in smaller quantities we can not ship the boards so they will have to be picked up here at the History Center in St. Paul.

Regional event season: Allotments and Registrations

Monday, February 9th, 2009

As of today, all History Day teachers who will have students participating in the regional competitions should have received allotment faxes. These allotments will give you the numbers, as a school, that you may send to the competition in each category. These are not numbers per teacher. Please call us with any questions about your allotments, but please don’t ask us for more spots at the competitions! We are filled to capacity at most events and cannot add any more projects.

Shortly, you will receive in the mail your registration forms. Please copy these and give them to your advancing students to fill out and send in by the deadline on the form.

Paper and website forms are also included in your mailing; these forms need to be attached to the students’ projects that are due to our office by March 10. Be advised that this is not a postmark deadline. We need to have three copies of the websites and four copies of the papers in hand by March 10 so we can begin to sort and distribute to judges. The paper and website registrations forms are also available on our website, at the bottom of the event info page.