National History Day (NHD) is a yearlong program that helps students (grades 6-12) learn about historical events, issues, ideas, and people. Every year there is a new theme; the theme for 2017 is “Taking a Stand in History.”
Would you like to be a part of this event, but are not sure how? You can volunteer! They need room monitors and judges (judges decide which projects and students will advance on to the next level). People from all backgrounds are encouraged to volunteer! They need your help!
The application to sign up to be a volunteer judge or room monitor at the regional or state level can be found on the Wisconsin Historical Society website.
If you just want to see what the students are up to, there will be open houses in many regions. All the dates, times, and locations can also be found on the historical society website.
Just a few of the dates:
The Northeastern Region Contest is Saturday, March 4 at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.
The Northwestern Region Contest is Thursday, March 16 at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
The Western Region Contest is Tuesday, March 28 at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
The State Event is Saturday, April 22 at the UW-Madison campus.
The most important takeaway from National History Day is that it is designed to revolutionize the teaching and learning of history. If you want to read more about NHD and why their themes change each year, you can look at the NHD website.