Students From Across Minnesota Gather at State History Day Competition at University of Minnesota

For immediate release

Release dated: 
April 25, 2018
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society, 651-259-3137, 
Emmalynn Bauer, University of Minnesota News Service, 612-626-1720,

Contact during the competition: Sarah Aschbrenner, Minnesota Historical Society, 608-213-0384,

Quick facts: 

Event: Minnesota State History Day competition
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Award ceremony begins at 5:15 p.m.
Place: Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

Students From Across Minnesota Gather at State History Day Competition at University of Minnesota

Nearly 1,300 students from middle and high schools throughout Minnesota will present exhibits, documentaries, papers, websites and performances at the State History Day competition at the University of Minnesota this Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Top entries will move on to represent Minnesota at the National History Day competition June 10-14 in Washington, D.C. Media are welcome to attend the regional competition and speak with students, teachers and Minnesota Historical Society History Day staff.
History Day requires students to go beyond facts and dates to explore a historical topic analytically and in depth. Throughout the school year, 27,000 Minnesota students explored topics around the 2018 History Day theme “Conflict & Compromise in History.” Minnesota’s History Day program is a statewide educational program coordinated through a partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota.
“The passion many students develop by participating in National History Day is so impressive, and the research, critical thinking and presentation skills they learn go beyond the study of history,” said Sarah Aschbrenner, History Day co-coordinator at MNHS. “These abilities are essential in life beyond high school, including college, career and informed citizenship.”

About National History Day in Minnesota
National History Day in Minnesota is a co-curricular 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.