History Day is a program that invites and encourages young people to explore a historical subject related to an annual theme. Each year a different theme is chosen which is broad enough to allow students to be able to explore any topic in any era of history. By incorporating creativity and scholarship, History Day has enriched the social studies program in Minnesota and nationwide.
Students in grades 6-12 may participate in the fair. Students compete in different categories, and their work is reviewed by historians, educators and professionals. The top students in each category are eligible to participate in the National History Day competition in June.
Regional competition begins in March. Information can be found at Minnesota Regional History Days for dates and locations.
The Minnesota Historical Society and the Department of History at the University of Minnesota sponsor National History Day in Minnesota. The History Day in Minnesota web site also lists other major supporters. The Friends of the IHRC offer topical cash prizes for best Minnesota History Day projects that apply the theme to immigration history.
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