Hundreds of Students from Across Minnesota Compete in State History Day

For immediate release

Release dated: April 11, 2024

MNHS media contacts: Allison Ortiz, 651-259-3051, or Sarah Aschbrenner, 651-259-3489,

Students chosen to advance out of nearly 2,000 contestants in regional competitions

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (April 11, 2024) – The Underground Railroad, Rosie the Riveter, and the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald all represent turning points in history, and they are among hundreds of topics that will be presented in this year’s state History Day competition. Students from around Minnesota participated in regional competitions and advanced to the state competition at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday, April 20.

The theme of National History Day’s 50th Anniversary is “Turning Points in History.” Students in grades 6-12 created exhibits, documentaries, websites, and performances on their topics. View a list of participating schools and student projects here. 

State winners are eligible to compete at National History Day in Washington, D.C., in June.

Media are welcome to attend the state competition and speak with students, teachers, and MNHS History Day staff. If you are interested in attending, please contact Allison Ortiz prior to the event or Sarah Aschbrenner during the event.

State History Day Contest

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

When:  Saturday, April 20, 2024, 9 am–6:30 pm

Contact:  Sarah Aschbrenner,

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. The program is sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society. 

Program support is also provided by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit 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.