History Day

Agency description: Minnesota's History Day competition is one of the most vibrant in the nation. Each year over 25,000 students around the state explore historical topics through projects in one of five categories: exhibits, performances, documentaries, websites or papers.  Volunteer judges positively impact students’ education by conducting interviews, evaluating work and providing written feedback to participants. The work of nearly 700 volunteer judges helped foster a strong Minnesota team to great success in 2016. The 20 season begins soon!

Position description: History Day judges share their experiences in a short video online.

Evaluating History Day projects is interesting and rewarding for you - and it really helps young people develop their skills and abilities. History Day judges review entries in their preferred category, give students feedback and select which projects advance from the regional to the state and national events.

Volunteer for as little as one five-hour shift or multiple days at more than one event. Or, judge papers from home. An orientation will be provided event days.  An optional, in-depth training is offered at the Minnesota History Center on three different dates:

- Tuesday, February 20, at the Minnesota Historical Society- St. Paul, 5-7:30 pm.

- Thursday, April 12, at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, 3-5:30 pm.

RSVP for the training to Brittany Pinales at Brittany.pinales@mnhs.org or (651)259-3428.

Most of the History Day events are in March and State History Day is on Saturday, April 28. Event schedule can be found on the History Day webpage (www.mnhs.org/historyday).


How to Apply: “Sign up to judge” between now and February 28. Remember to state your affiliation with Normandale Community College on the form. Contact Sarah Aschbrenner at Sarah.Aschbrenner@mnhs.org or 651-259-3489 with questions.