History Day Hullabaloo a St. Cloud Success

History Day Hullabaloo a St. Cloud Success

The first History Day Hullabaloo event at the St. Cloud Public Library took place Saturday, Feb. 2 and was a great success!

National History Day is an interdisciplinary research project for students in grades 6 to 12. Students choose a topic that relates to the annual theme, and develop their research as either a research paper, exhibit, documentary, performance or website. History Day competitions take place at school, regional, state and national levels. A History Day Hullabaloo is a research open house for National History Day students to gather and research at a host library. Eighty-two students from seven schools attended the St. Cloud Hullabaloo where they had access to online sources, print, and professional helpers. The schools were:

   Becker High School
   Buffalo Middle School
   St. Cloud Lincoln Elementary
   Rocori Middle School
   Sauk Rapids Rice Middle School
   Saint John's Preparatory School, and
   Zimmerman High School

Nine teachers, eight research assistants from the library staff and a crew of seven Minnesota Historical Society staff and volunteers helped students do their research at the library. As well as providing one-on-one assistance, they provided mini lessons on thesis statements and project organization.

Student researched projects included the Kristallnacht, Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings, the early American trial of John Peter Zenger, immigration from Slovenia, the sinking of the Spanish treasure ship El Cazador, and Russia’s Sputnik 2.

Photo: A group of boys do research using a study room in the library's Teen Center. Library staff member Eric Blotkamp, right, provided assistance.