Wisconsin History Day is an annual competition involving teachers and students throughout the state. Held at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison on Saturday, April 27, the Society hosts the state competition for the first time.
The work of more than 100 junior and senior high school students, centered around the theme "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History," will be available for viewing from 9:10 a.m. to noon at the Society's headquarters building in Madison, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Humanities Building.
The state-level competitors won regional contests held throughout the state this spring. First- and second-place winners at the state competition advance to the National History Day contest June 9-13 at the University of Maryland-College Park.
National History Day is the nation's leading educational program for history education in schools. The program annually draws more than half a million participants from 48 states and the District of Columbia.
Wisconsin History Day involves students in grades six through 12 with separate categories for the Junior Division and Senior Division. Seven entry categories in each division provide for individual and group projects in formats ranging from traditional research papers to dramatic performances, documentaries and exhibits. A diverse range of entries mark this year's state event, including a documentary based on the 1970 bombing of Sterling Hall and an exhibit on the Greensboro sit-ins. Students from Madison, Sheboygan, La Crosse, Schofield, Waukesha, and other cities will bring a wide range of additional topics to the event.
To learn more about the Wisconsin History Day event, contact Kris Maldre of the Wisconsin Historical Society at (608)264-6487. For more information on National History Day, visit the National History Day Web site.