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UW-Eau Claire to host Northwestern Wisconsin Regional National History Day competition March 14

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the Northwestern Wisconsin Regional National History Day competition on March 14.

The event is an opportunity for middle school 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 theme Turning Points in History.

The event will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Davies Center. UW-Eau Claire history students, graduate students and community members will be among those judging the entries. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Organizers expect nearly 200 students in grades 6-12 to participate in the event, along with 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 18th regional competition to be held at UW-Eau Claire.

Co-coordinators of the regional competition are Janet Seymour, director of outreach in the Office of Programs and Outreach of the Wisconsin Historical Society, located in the UW-Eau Claire history department; and Dr. John Mann, professor of history. Sponsors include Phi Alpha Theta, the history department, Center for History Teaching and Learning, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education and Human Sciences.

The Wisconsin History Day event is slated for April 20 in Madison, and the national contest is set for June 9-13 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

For details about the regional History Day competition, contact Dr. John Mann, professor of history, at