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National History Day competition to bring hundreds to campus

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition Saturday, March 7, marking the 13th consecutive year the event has been held on campus.

The competition will welcome more than 350 students from grades 6 through 12, representing 19 schools from throughout the region, with a total of just over 200 projects.

In keeping with this year’s theme of Leadership and Legacy in History, project topics include John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Vince Lombardi, Gandhi, and many others. Students hail from public and private schools, as well as homeschools, in a multi-county area including Brown, Oconto, Shawano, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Marinette, and Manitowoc counties.

“We are proud to have UW-Green Bay serve as host to one of the largest regional competitions in the state,” said UW-Green Bay’s Deb Anderson, coordinator for the Northeastern Wisconsin region. “National History Day provides students of all abilities and interests an opportunity to learn about a topic of their choosing and present it in a creative way. I am impressed by the depth and breadth demonstrated by the students…in their topic selection, research, and final projects.”

Anderson shares the story of one young student who was making a research-oriented, pre-competition field trip to the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library’s archives and local history center, who remarked to his teacher, “Best day ever! I have never done anything this cool in school before.”

“When you hear something like that,” Anderson adds, “it makes it exciting to be part of creating a strong passion for history”

Students can enter the National History Day competition in a variety of categories, including historical papers, exhibit displays, documentaries, performances and websites. They are required to use primary sources for projects, which often include interviews with individuals who have lived history.

The 2015 National History Day competition will be held in the Kress Events Center and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public. The all-day event begins with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., with judging taking place from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the Kress Events Center at 4 p.m.

Winners from the regional competition will move on to the April 25 state contest, and may have the opportunity to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June. On an annual basis, National History Day serves more than 600,000 students annually in all the U.S. states and territories.

In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on 100 volunteers, including UW-Green Bay students, faculty, alumni and community members, to keep it running smoothly, Anderson said.

Its financial sponsors are the Brown County Historical Society, the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society, the Jean Nicolet chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Learning Partnership, the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, the Historic Allouez Society and the De Pere Historical Society.

For more information contact Deb Anderson at UW Green Bay Archives at (920) 465-2539; or
Photo at top of post was taken at the 2014 National History Day held on the UW-Green Bay campus, April 5, 2014

Sherman publication

Heidi Sherman, associate professor of Humanistic Studies (History) contributed a chapter, “The Flax and Linen of Medieval Novgorod,” to the book Textiles and the Medieval Economy: Production, Trade, and Consumption of Textiles, 8th–16th Centuries [Oxbow Books: 2015). The book was edited by Angela Ling Huang and Carsten Jahnke. Sherman’s article is an interdisciplinary study that draws on archaeology, written sources, and medieval textile technology to examine the production of flax and linen and its trade with the Hanseatic League during the 12th to15th centuries.

Blake receives National Fellowship

Tresavoya Blake, a UW-Green Bay junior majoring in Democracy and Justice Studies and History, has been accepted into the National Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUFP) offered by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The goal of the NUFP program is to increase the number of historically underrepresented professionals into students affairs and higher education. Blake will spend the next year learning about various components of higher education from admissions to diversity and inclusion. She will also be eligible for various scholarships, professional development opportunities and internships. During this yearlong fellowship, she will be mentored by Dr. Justin Mallett, director of diversity. The NUFP fellowship is offered to only a select number of students throughout the United States and congratulations to Tresavoya Blake for being a recipient of this prestigious honor.

Faculty note: Boswell publication, presentation

An article by Caroline Boswell, associate professor of Humanistic Studies and History, was featured in a special forum on “Rethinking the English Revolution” in the Autumn 2014 issue of the Journal of British Studies, published by Cambridge University Press. The article, “Provoking Disorder: The Politics of Speech in Protectorate Middlesex,” explored how a 1654 ordinance against challenges, duels, and provocations gave non-elites the opportunity to pursue prosecution of threatening and abusive language as dangerous to society rather than to an individual. Boswell also recently presented the paper “Contesting Social Relations in Revolutionary England” at the National Conference on British Studies, held in Minneapolis. See an abstract of the British Studies article.

Faculty Note: Lockard publication

Prof. Emeritus Craig Lockard, formerly of History and Social Change and Development (now Democracy and Justice Studies) is proud to announce that the third edition of his college-level world history textbook, Societies, Networks, and Transitions: A Global History, was published this summer by Cengage. Since 2012, Lockard has also been writing the annual update on Malaysia for the Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook.

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