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As we roll into November, more students across Minnesota are beginning the History Day research process. Whether you are knee-deep in primary sources at this point or have just opened your first encyclopedia, here are some helpful hints to guide you along your research path.
For students looking for high-quality, in-depth resources on a few specific topics, the University of Minnesota has several fascinating collections and centers that can provide excellent information. Here are a few that may spark their interest.
Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The CHGS is dedicated to education about the Holocaust and other genocides. The website includes some sources, featuring virtual exhibits, histories and narratives, and links and other references, but the collections at the center are more comprehensive. Students can visit the CHGS from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday - Friday or by appointment.
Immigration History Resource Center. The IHRC promotes research on international migration. Sources include recently digitized and translated immigrant letters, personal papers, records of immigrant organizations, and ethnic periodicals. Students can visit during regular hours or make an appointment.
Social Welfare History Archives. The SWHA collects information on social services and social reform organizations. Subjects addressed in their collections include the settlement house movement, the social work profession, sexuality-related issues such as birth control, child welfare, community planning, and health care. The library is open weekdays and Saturday mornings, and appointments are recommended.
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. The Tretter Collection covers GLBT topics from all time periods, and includes sources such as books, manuscripts, digital images, community newspapers, artifacts and more. The collection is open weekdays and Saturday morning, and appointments are recommended.
Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. The UMJA includes the holdings of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest. The collections include records of community organizations, synagogues, and women’s organizations, personal papers, and regional holdings. Students must gain permission to use the archives. Archivist Susan Hoffman can guide students in the process of gaining permission.
Visit the Andersen Library website for information on other collections that may be helpful to a student’s research.
If you are looking to get your students into libraries, outside of school, to do research, History Day has a way!
The Council for Regional Public Library Service Administration (CRPLSA) has partnered with History Day to provide financial support for student research. Schools and libraries have the opportunity to receive reimbursement for travel and research-related expenses at public, academic or specialty libraries. These dollars can reimburse the following expenses:
The dollars CANNOT reimburse the following expenses:
Schools should work in partnership with libraries to create the best possible research experience for students. Our expectations are that the research must be History Day related and that the majority of students taking advantage of this opportunity will follow this project to completion. Schools and libraries will need to complete an approval form; you can find the form online.
This is a excellent chance for students to gain access to a variety of resources and see the world of libraries beyond their school or public libraries. If you have any questions about this great opportunity, contact Naomi Peuse at 651-259-3435.
In addition to the half-dozen workshops History Day has scheduled throughout the fall at the Minnesota History Center, there are a few workshops in Greater Minnesota, or sponsored in St. Paul by other institutions, that History Day teachers may be interested in attending.
West Central Ultimate and Theme workshop
Otter Tail County Historical Society, Fergus Falls
Tues., Oct. 19, 2010. 9:00 a.m. - noon (ultimate) and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (theme)
Fee: Free, lunch included
E-mail Laura Zeccardi to register.
South Central Ultimate History Day workshop
South Central Service Cooperative, Mankato
Thurs., Oct. 28, 2010. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Free, lunch included
Visit the SCSC website to register.
Central Ultimate History Day workshop
Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud
Fri., Oct. 29, 2010. 8:00 a.m. - noon.
E-mail Laura Zeccardi to register.
History Day @ Your Library
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Wed., Nov. 10, 2010. 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $40, lunch included
Visit the Metronet website to register.
Our first History Day workshop of the year, held yesterday at the History Center, was a fun and interesting discussion about “Debate and Diplomacy in History.” History Day staff and teachers considered the meanings of the words debate and diplomacy, the complexities of this theme for students, and the surprisingly vast array of potential topics.
A sampling of some of the fascinating topics discussed at the workshop:
Stay tuned for more topic ideas, or attend our second theme workshop on Tues., Nov. 16.
Teacher workshop season officially begins next week. Whether you are a new or veteran History Day teacher, we have workshops that will guide you along the path to History Day success.
The Theme Workshop: Debate and Diplomacy in History. Tues., Sept. 28 and Tues., Nov. 16. Explore this year’s theme, get ideas for presenting Debate and Diplomacy to students, and walk away with many topic ideas.
Ultimate Introductory Teacher Workshop. Tues., Nov. 9 and Wed., Dec. 1. Get everything you need to know to get your History Day program up and running. History Day staff will present teaching strategies, and History Day students will present their projects.
Advanced Classroom Management Workshop. Thurs., Dec. 2. For our more veteran teachers, this is an opportunity to learn from your peers and get new ideas for improving or expanding your program. Recommended for teachers who have participating for a few years.
Hands-on History Day Technology: Documentaries and Websites. Thurs., Dec. 9. The technology categories, documentaries and websites, can be complicated to teach and can present students with presentation challenges. This hands-on workshop will allow teachers to play the student and learn how to teach the best ways to use the technology categories.
If you have questions about workshops, call 651-259-3440 or e-mail Mary Ecker.
Early each fall, History Day teachers rush to their mailboxes in anticipation of the coveted “History Day Intro Pack,” a folder of brightly colored pieces of paper explaining the ins and outs of the History Day universe. As they tear open the large manila folders to expose the colorful folder within, teachers can finally satisfy their curiosity about the new workshops offered, the new teaching materials available, and of course, the yearly national changes to the website category.
Perhaps it is not so exciting as that. But the intro packs do mark the official beginning of the History Day season, and whether or not teachers are clamoring for their print copy of the theme narrative, the information provided at the start of the school year seeks to give teachers a solid foundation on which to build their 2010-2011 program.
This year, the History Day staff has edged closer to the digital age and has transferred the intro pack to CD form. Most of the resources usually offered in the intro pack will be on the CD, as well as many additional materials, such as thesis statement curricula. Program deadlines and competition process information are also prominent in the new CD, in an effort to provide as much information as possible on the front end. Few of these materials are available on our website; the CD and intro pack only go out to enrolled teachers.
The intention of the CD was to make information more easily accessible to teachers, compress all of the somewhat-overwhelming data into a nice digital package, allow teachers to keep all materials in one compact location, and save paper. The capabilities of a CD allow the History Day staff to include much more helpful program info for teachers.
For you purists and paper-company supporters out there, we are still providing the paper copies this year to aid in the transition. The History Day staff intends to survey teachers about the CD, and based on that feedback, it might mean an end to the stacks of brightly colored paper. For this year, at least, you will have your choice of either, so keep watch on your school mailbox … the packets will be arriving shortly.
The great thing about History Day is that it can be molded to fit just about any school schedule, whether you are on a block, a traditional six-period day, or working with an after-school program. There are endless possibilities for structuring your program, but the History Day staff has assembled a recommended schedule to provide guidance and approximate deadlines throughout the year.
Before Winter Break
Late January/Early February
As summer ends and school begins, the History Day season is officially on! 2010 was a great year for Minnesota History Day, culminating with a fantastic showing by the Minnesota delegation at the national competition in June. In all, Minnesota captured seven medals, including a first-place win in the senior group performance category. For complete national results, visit our website.
The History Day program is off and running as soon as September begins. Here are a few items to get you started in the 2010-2011 season:
Stay tuned to the blog for further updates, topic ideas, research suggestions and more, throughout the 2011 season!
State History Day is one month from today, and registration forms are due tomorrow. All exhibit, documentary and performance regional finalists must have their forms in our office by tomorrow (website and paper students are already registered). You can drop them off or fax them in.
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd. W, St. Paul. Our offices are on the second floor, across from the Education Center.
Fax number: 651-259-3434
Remember that you can make any changes that you want between regions and state, as long as your category and topic remain the same. Exhibit students: If you would like to purchase a new exhibit board, we have some available. Individual boards must be picked up at the History Center; we can ship boards in groups of 10. White boards are $7.00, plus $2.00 for a title board. Black boards are $8.00, plus $3.00 for a title board. Contact Ali Kappes to place your order.