History Day Expansion
(c) Programs. $3,000,000 in 2010 and $4,750,000 in 2011 are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.
History Day, an annual program co-sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota, challenges young people to research a historical subject related to an annual theme and present their findings in the form of exhibits, documentaries, performances, web sites and papers, much like a "science fair for history."
Arts and Cultural Heritage funding made it possible for the Society to provide additional services to 118 schools in 39 counties across the state.
Services included classroom visits by Society educators, support for field trips to county and university libraries, the assignment of mentors from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses to advise local students and organizing regional professional development workshops for History Day teachers.
More than 150 teachers used these services, benefitting approximately 10,000 Minnesota students in grades six through 12.