More than 150 to compete at National History Day, March 3

It will be the 16th consecutive year UW-Green Bay will serve as host

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition on Saturday, March 3, 2018 marking the 16th consecutive year the event has been held at the University.

The 2018 National History Day competition will be held in the University Union 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. to 2:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the University Theatre at 3:30 p.m.  Winners from the regional competition will move on to the April 21 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.

The competition will welcome more than 160 students, representing nine schools from throughout the region, with a total of just more than 95 projects. In keeping with this year’s theme of Conflict and Compromise in History, project topics include the Little Rock Nine, Cuban Missile Crisis, Stonewall Riot, Susan B. Anthony, Boston Tea Party, Berlin Wall, Six-Day War, Fannie Lou Hamer, Radium Girls, Nelson Mandela, Hortonville Teacher’s Strike, and many others. Students hail from public and private schools in a three-county area. Brown, Oconto and Outagamie counties will be represented during the event.

“We are proud to have UW-Green Bay serve as host for this exciting academic competition,” 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.

“After a research field trip to the UW-Green Bay Archives, one student remarked to his teacher, ‘Best day ever! I have never done anything this cool in school before.’ ‘We are excited to be part of creating a strong passion for history,’” Anderson commented.

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.

In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on 60 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 League of Women Voters, 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