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UW-Eau Claire to Host Regional National History Day Competition

RELEASED: March 23, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the Northwestern Wisconsin Regional National History Day competition April 1.

The event is an opportunity for middle and high school students to do history by researching a topic of interest and then producing historical documentaries, exhibits, dramatic performances, Web sites or research papers based on the theme "The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies."

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of Davies Center. UW-Eau Claire history students, graduate students and local dignitaries will be among those judging the entries. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Organizers expect more than 150 students in grades 6-12 to participate in the event, along with 33 educators and 25 judges.

The event is the next in 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. This is the fifth regional competition to be held at UW-Eau Claire.

Faculty sponsors of the regional competition are Dr. Kate Lang, associate professor of history and chair of the department of history, and Dr. John Mann, associate professor of history. Sponsors include Phi Alpha Theta, the history department, the Center for History Teaching and Learning, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Education and Human Sciences.

The Wisconsin History Day event is slated for May 2 in Madison and the national contest is set for June 14-18 at the University of Maryland-College Park.

For details about the regional History Day competition, contact Tom Sanders at sanderts@uwec.edu.

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