Six hundred students from middle schools and high schools throughout Wisconsin will come to Madison on Saturday, May 3, to compete in the 2014 National History Day in Wisconsin state event. For the first time, this year's state event will take place on the campus of Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Drive.
"The Edgewood College community is very pleased to serve as the host site for the 2014 National History Day state contest," said Edgewood College President Daniel Carey. "Our campus family looks forward to working in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society to make this day a major success."
Competing students will advance to the state contest from seven regional events held throughout the state and will compete to move on to the 2014 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day National Contest. Team Wisconsin will join nearly 3,000 other students from all over the United States in College Park, Md., from June 15-19.
Students have spent the past few months creating exhibits, documentaries, websites, performances or papers on the historical topic of their choice. They have done substantial research, the results of which they will share with judges at the state contest.
Students have connected their topics to this year's National History Day theme: "Rights and Responsibilities in History." The event is open to the public to come view students' work.
National History Day is actually a yearlong program that teaches students how to use both primary and secondary sources to conduct historical research. Participation in National History Day continues to grow. All told, 10,500 Wisconsin students participated in the program this year.
The Wisconsin Historical Society coordinates the National History Day program in Wisconsin.
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