UW-Eau Claire to host regional National History Day competition March 8

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the Northwestern Wisconsin Regional National History Day competition March 8.

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, websites or research papers based on the theme "Conflict and Compromise 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 the Woodland Theater.

Organizers expect more than 300 students in grades 6-12 to participate in the event, along with 65 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 14th regional competition to be held at UW-Eau Claire.

The co-coordinators of the regional competition are Janet Seymour, field services representative, northern region, Wisconsin Historical Society Division of Historic Preservation-Public History, located in the UWEC history department; and Dr. John Mann, professor of history. Sponsors include Phi Alpha Theta, 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 21 in Madison and the national contest is set for June 10-14 at the University of Maryland-College Park.

For details about the regional History Day competition, contact Dr. John Mann at mannjw@uwec.edu.