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Media Memo: UW-Eau Claire to host history day event for area youth

March 29, 2012

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume

DATE: March 29, 2012

SUBJECT: UW-Eau Claire to host history day event for area youth

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the Northwestern Wisconsin Regional National History Day competition TODAY (Thursday, March 29).

The event is an opportunity for area middle and high school students to do history by researching a topic of interest and then producing historical documentaries, exhibits, dramatic performances, websites or research papers based on the 2012 theme "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History."

The event will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today in Davies Center. UW-Eau Claire history students, graduate students and local dignitaries will be among those judging the entries. An awards ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the newly renovated Schofield Auditorium.

More than 300 students in grades 6-12 from 12 western Wisconsin schools will participate in the event, along with more than 30 educators and 30 judges.

The event is part of a series of competitive National History Day events, which began at the individual school level, and includes state and national competitions. Regional winners will compete at the state level, and the winners there advance to the national competition.

The media is welcome to come to campus to see the quality projects created by young people in our community.

For details about the regional competition, contact Dr. Kate Lang, associate professor of history and chair of the department of history, at langkh@uwec.edu; or Dr. John Mann, associate professor of history, at mannjw@uwec.edu. Dr. Lang and Dr. Mann will be at the event all day so you also can find them there.

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