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Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year!

Monday, August 30th, 2010

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:

  • The 2011 theme is “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.” More information on the theme is available online. Two theme workshops are available for teachers: Tues., Sept. 28 and Tues., Nov. 16. It’s a great opportunity to discuss the theme with staff and receive many topic ideas! Call 651-259-3440 to register. Keep checking our website for more History Day workshops throughout the fall.
  • Minnesota History Day is now on Facebook! Keep up-to-date on all things History Day and join in our conversations on our Facebook page.
  • All teachers who participated in 2010 will be automatically enrolled for 2011. If you are a new teacher, please enroll online to make sure you receive all of our mailings throughout the year.
  • Update your 2011 calendars now! State History Day is Sunday, May 1, 2011.

Stay tuned to the blog for further updates, topic ideas, research suggestions and more, throughout the 2011 season!

Bits and pieces as we launch History Day 2010

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

2009 was a great year for Minnesota History Day –  we had a number of new schools participating, the overall quality of the projects was improved, and seven groups of our students earned medals at nationals in June — and the staff has high hopes for 2010 as well.

Here are some bits and pieces as we start up another History Day season…

  • If you enrolled as a History Day educator last year, you will be receiving your introductory packet in the mail shortly. If you have not yet enrolled, please visit our website and click on the “Enrollment” tab to ensure that you receive our free mailings throughout the year. Please pay particular attention to the website category details in your packet; the rules have changed for 2010!
  • The theme for 2010 is “Innovation in History: Impact and Change.” It will be a tricky theme, as students mull over the meaning of innovation and determine how their topic affected significant change. We will be discussing the theme at length and compiling topic ideas at our first-ever theme-specific workshop on Monday, October 19. You can register online and be part of the discussion!
  • History Day staff are shifting duties as we begin another school year. Check the website and be on the lookout for updates about your regional History Day representatives!

As always, feel free to contact us with questions at historyday@mnhs.org or (651) 259-3426.