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History Day Hullabaloos

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Parents, as the holiday season is nearing we all know that the calendars book up pretty fast. I want to let you in on a few events that are held around the metro to help your students expand and improve their history day projects.

The Hennipen County Libraries have been a fabulous partner in encouraging research through visits to the their facilities. They are providing four opportunities throughout the winter to visit their libraries and receive personalized help with almost any aspect of a History Day project. Bring your students who are curious about narrowing their topics, developing a thesis, identifying primary sources, and using library materials.

History Day staff will also be on hand at the events so feel free to come and ask us the tough questions.  Below you can find the dates and locations of the Hullabaloos, so make sure to mark one of them on your winter calendar now!

Central Library - 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Saturdays: Dec. 12th, Jan. 16th, Feb. 13th   11 AM - 3 PM

Ridgedale Library - 12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka

Tuesday: Jan. 12th  5:30 PM - 8:30 PM




Library Help for Students!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Hey Students,

So back from break, and back in school… I remember that feeling like it was yesterday…

As school has started up again it means that History Day season is in full swing. We hope you guys are working hard at putting together an awesome project for this year…

 What’s that? You don’t even have a topic selected yet? No worries, we have you covered. This year we have expanded our outreach and are offering History Day specific events at libraries here at the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, and Minneapolis. At these library events you can:

  • Research your topic and find new sources
  • Get individual help from History Day staff
  • Receive advice from librarians
  • Have fun with other History Day students!

The dates we have set up are as follows:

@ The Minnesota History Center Library - 9AM-12PM, January 17th, 2009

@ Minneapolis: 

@ St. Paul:

Let us know if you have any questions.  We hope to see you there!

Open House, Tues. January 27th

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Parents, join us in supporting your students on their History Day adventure!

For those of you who are new to History Day, or would like more information, we wanted to give you and your students the opportunity to come to the History Center and get acquainted with the process, as well as ask us any questions you may have. On Tuesday, January 27th from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM we will be holding an Open House! This is your chance to come at any point during the night to meet the staff, receive help on your project, or just explore the museum!

Open House Activities

  • Short History Day Staff Presentations- 5:15 PM & 6:15 PM
  • View example projects
  • Free museum admission for all (open till 8:00 PM)
  • Specialized History Day Library help at the History Center Library (open till 8:00 PM)
  • Snacks to enjoy
  • Your students chance to ask History Day staff their tough project questions
  • Purchase a high quality exhibit board ($7.00)

Join us on the second floor of the History Center in the MacMillan Education Center to find out more about the nights events and opportunities. For questions contact Ali Kappes (651)-259-3426. We hope you see you all there!

Welcome to History Day!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Welcome parents, and thank you for taking time to catch up on whats new in the world of History Day. We hope this blog becomes an open arena for any questions and discussions that come up through all stages of your child’s journey. My name is Ali Kappes and I am a program associate with History Day and will be managing the parent blog.

This year’s theme, “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies”, has been a fun topic of discussion for students. We always encourage students to use all forms of resources, including parents, when choosing a topic, so get ready!

This is normally the time of the year when students begin asking you what you know about their topic, whether it be their great-grandfather or Abraham Lincoln.  If you are running out of answers I would encourage you to help your child get in touch with a local librarian or even a county historical society for local topics.

History Day Parent Tip - Metro Library Days

There are a number of days in January, February, and March when the History Day staff and local libraries have teamed up to offer students that extra help in their research they might need. Whether its researching, thesis writing, or general project help your child is looking for, we are there to provide it.  Below is a list of local libraries and dates.

Ridgedale Library; Minnetonka 5:30 PM-8:30 PM - Jan. 12

Central Library; St. Paul 3:00 PM-6:00 PM - Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 23

History Day Hullabaloo, Central Library, Minneapolis 11:00 AM-3:00 PM - Jan. 31, Feb. 21, Mar 7

Rondo Library; St. Paul 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM - Jan. 24, Feb. 7, 14

The library at the History Center is always an option as well for students.  They can just call or email us and we would be happy to meet up with them at the History Center. Library Hours

*There is no charge to access the History Center library.