The theme for 2005 National History Day was Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. Minnesota's History Day took place in Coffman Memorial Union, U of MN Minneapolis Campus, on Sunday, May 1, 2005. The Friends award prizes to the outstanding junior and senior high school projects relating to immigration history (when the judge(s) find worthy projects). Participating students are invited to contact the Center and to visit the IHRC to use its resources for their projects, which can be written paper, display, performance, or video-individual or group. This was the 13th year of Friends participation in History Day.
Volunteer judge for the Friends this year was Marko Kirn, representative of the Croatian Cultural Society of MN on the Friends Board of Directors. He awarded one prize, on the junior high school level.
"Hmong cutlure class: Communication or Confrontation" performed by Maggie Nolting from the Minneapolis schoo district.
The IHRC has copies of the introductions/bibliographies for both junior performance projects, acquired by Marko from the performers. They may be read at the Center.
The 2004-2005 NHD national contest was held June 12-16 at the University of Maryland. The 55 Minnesota students joined 2,000 other grade 6-12 students from across the nation as they presented their research papers, exhibits, documentaries, and dramatic performances. Four Minnesota entries were recognized as national champions in their categories. In all, thirteen entries from Minnesota won national honors during the week-long competition.