History Day Expansion
Programs. $4,800,000 the first year and $4,800,000 the second year 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, websites and papers. It is a rigorous program used by schools to meet state graduation standards for history and applied learning. Minnesota is widely recognized as a national leader in using the History Day program to improve academic achievement in history. With the help of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the Minnesota Historical Society is enriching services to History Day students and helping more students across the state with researching and creating their History Day projects. Services include: classroom visits by Society educators, support for field trips to county and university libraries, the assignment of undergraduate mentors from Minnesota colleges and universities to advise local students and organizing regional professional development workshops for History Day teachers. In FY12 and FY13, ACHF funds made it possible for the Society to deliver additional History Day services to more than 430 schools in 49 Minnesota counties. More than 525 teachers used these services, benefiting approximately 30,000 students in grades 6–12.