State History Day Competition Sends 60 Minnesota Students to Nationals

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Release dated: 
May 3, 2017
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Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society, 651-259-3137,
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State History Day Competition Sends 60 Minnesota Students to Nationals

Sixty Minnesota students with 36 History Day projects can move on to the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C., after Minnesota's State History Day competition this past Saturday at the University of Minnesota.

1,300 students from middle and high schools throughout Minnesota presented exhibits, documentaries, papers, websites and performances at the state competition. Projects that received first and second place are eligible for the national competition on June 11-15. View the full list of state winners, including topical prize winners, and honorable mentions here.

The Minnesota schools with the most student projects headed to nationals are DeLaSalle High School, Highland Park High School and Murray Middle School, with four projects each. 

About National History Day in Minnesota
National History Day in Minnesota is a cocurricular historical research program that builds college readiness and communication skills for middle and high school students. 27,000 students from over 250 schools participate in Minnesota each year. The program in Minnesota is a partnership of the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts. Program support for is also provided by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. For more information, visit

The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.