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Leadership and Legacy in History

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History Day 2015

History Day at SCSU | Topic Information | History Day Helpers | How to Be a Volunteer Judge

Central Minnesota History Day Regional Competition - March 21, 2015

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2008 History Day Exhibit

2008 History Day Exhibit

History Day at SCSU

National History Day is a yearlong program that engages students in grades six through 12 in the study and analysis of history. Students choose a topic that relates to a national theme – the theme for 2015 is “Leadership and Legacy in History”– and gather primary and secondary materials on that topic. The students then analyze the information they discover and present their findings at competitions in a dramatic performance, a documentary, a museum-like exhibit, or an historical paper. Local and regional competitions take place in early spring, the Minnesota History Day competition is in early May, and for students who advance to the final level, the national competition takes place each year in June at the University of Maryland, College Park.  For more information about the state contest and teacher registration, see their website at  For more information on the National History Day Contest, visit their website at

History Day offers an opportunity for students to explore their interests in history in greater depth, accumulate valuable research and analytical skills, and discover for themselves the value of the study of the past. For the community, History Day offers a chance to participate as local students create their own learning opportunities and examine topics relating to world, national, state and local history.  Judges will not only show support for students’ enthusiasm for history, but also will give them the opportunity to interact with leading citizens of the region and demonstrate to the students that this community has an interest in their projects and research.  Past judges include current and emeriti history faculty from St. Cloud State University, history faculty from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, state representatives and senators, graduate students in history, undergraduate history majors and Social Studies Teaching majors, as well as alumnae in both these areas, central Minnesota teachers and administrators.

St. Cloud State University has hosted this contest for over twenty five years.  It has enjoyed participation from public and private schools in St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Rice, Long Prairie, Willmar, Chisago Lakes, Buffalo, Milaca, St. Francis, Albany, St. Joseph, Cedar Creek, Eden Valley, Watkins, Zimmerman, St. Michael, Albertville, Holdingford, Big Lake, Becker, Princeton, Elk River, and Cokato, as well as a number of home schools in central Minnesota.

The 2015 Contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 21st, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Atwood Memorial Center. The awards ceremony will be held the same day at 2:00 p.m. in Ritchie Auditorium in Stewart Hall..

Topic Information: “Leadership and Legacy in History”

The 2015 History Day theme, “Leadership & Legacy in History,” provides an opportunity for students to take a deeper look at the legacy that has resulted from a specific leader or group of leaders. Students must address both elements of the theme by examining the actions of a leader - before, during, and after leadership - and how those actions fostered change.

History Day Helpers

We provide support for teachers and students involved with Central MN Regional History Day

Liz Steinmetz: MN Regional History Day Coordinator at SCSU: My role is to organize the History Day intern involvement at area schools. I am a resource for both new and participating schools as they develop their History Day programs. My other role is to coordinate the Central MN regional competition at SCSU on March 21th, 2015.

Interns:  Ryan Boisjolie, Sarah Terwey, Karah Hawkinson. and Jessica Luis: Our role is to provide direct student support through school visits and library days at SCSU's Miller Learning Resources Center and the St. Cloud Public Library.

To contact us for any questions, further information, to schedule school visits, or to schedule library days email us at

History Day Judging

Who:  People with an interest in History and want to make a difference in the lives of local students.

What:  Free lunch and free t-shirt provided for a fun filled day of judging History Day projects!

When: Saturday March 21, 2015 approximately 8:00am to 2:00pm.

Where: Saint Cloud State University in the Atwood Memorial Center (AMC)

How to become a volunteer judge: Visit and complete the online form.

Liz Steinmetz
C/O:  History Department
720 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-4498

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