History Day 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

History is not just for textbooks anymore. Through their work for History Day events, thousands of students throughout the state are delving into topics of their own choosing, relying on their own research and creativity to put a face on events of the past.

The Central Minnesota Regional History Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday March 19 on the campus of St. Cloud State University. It is sponsored locally by the St. Cloud State History Department and is part of a statewide program co-sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota history department.

More than 260 students from schools in Central Minnesota will gather in Atwood Memorial Center to present their exhibits, documentaries, and performances.

The 2011 theme, “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, and Consequences,” is merely a starting point for students’ projects. There is an infinite variety of topics to choose – from national and international treaties, to the debate over Civil Rights, students become the expert on local, national and world history topics.

The event involves students in grades 6 through 12 who attend public, private, charter, and home schools in the region. Winners at the regional events will advance to State History Day on Sunday, May 1, at the University of Minnesota. State winners are eligible to go on to the National History Day competition in Washington D.C. in June.

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