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History Day 2018

Conflict and Compromise in History

Central Minnesota History Day Regional Competition - March 17, 2018

History Day at SCSU

National History Day is a yearlong program that engages students in grades 6 through 12 in the study and analysis of history. Students choose a topic that relates to a national theme – the theme for 2018 is "Conflict and Compromise 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.  Learn more about the state contest and teacher registration.

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 25 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 2018 Contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 17th, 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: "Conflict and Compromise in History"

The 2018 History Day theme is "Conflict and Compromise in History". Students should look beyond the topics that first come to mind, such as World War One and the Missouri Compromise, and begin to understand the many different areas of history that can connect to these ideas. Students do not need to address both elements of this year's theme, but should look for connections between these ideas when they exist within a topic.

History Day Helpers

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

Betsy Glade: 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 17th, 2018.

Interns: Lacey Fontaine, Kyle Imdieke, Mohamed Mohamud and Nick Raboin: Our role is to provide direct student support through school visits and library days at SCSU's University Library and the St. Cloud Public Library.

Intern Mentor and Judge Recruiter: Liz Steinson: My role is to work with the interns as they mentor students in classrooms across central Minnesota, including mine. I also help recruit judges for that all important day when first and second place winners are chosen to represent this region at the state contest.

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

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 17, 2018 approximately 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

How to become a volunteer judge: Complete the online form.

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