NATIONAL HISTORY DAY IN WISCONSIN
For middle school and high school students participating in the National History Day in Wisconsin competition, the Wisconsin Labor History Society annually offers prizes for the best projects on American labor history at each of the Wisconsin regional events, as well as the Wisconsin state finals. For the 2014-2015 school year, students will be developing projects on the theme of “Leadership and Legacy in History.”
Two $50 awards are offered at each of Wisconsin’s REGIONAL events to be given for the best American labor history entries to be selected from any competition category; one award will be given at the junior age level (grades 6-8) and one award at the senior age level (grades 9-12).
Two $100 awards are offered at the Wisconsin History Day STATE event to be given for the best American labor history entries (one award at the junior age level and one award at the senior age level) to be selected from any competition category.
Click here for information about the National History Day in Wisconsin program.
THEME OF EXHIBITS: This year, the students will be asked to create projects on the theme “Leadership and Legacy in History.” Throughout labor history, many leaders have emerged. Some became well-known like the Farmworkers Union Cesar Chavez or the Autoworkers Union Walter Reuther while there were many others at local and state levels who have played important roles in leading their communities. Some examples would include:
- Paul Grottkau, a labor leader in the 8-hour day fight that involved the Bay View Tragedy in Milwaukee.
- Eugene Debs for his leadership in the Pullman and major railroad strikes of the 19th Century.
- Gov. Robert LaFollette and UW Professor John R. Commons who led in developing unemployment and workers compensation in which Wisconsin was a leader.
- Mother Jones and the inspiration she gave to working people.
- Lizzie Hando, Caroline Pomerening and Emma Kunzendorf who led a women’s group to support the Oshkosh Woodworkers Strike of 1898.
For more background on the theme and additional ideas, look at this from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
TYPES OF PROJECTS: Students may enter in one of nine categories:
Papers (individual only), individual exhibit, group exhibit, individual performance, group performance, individual documentary, group documentary, individual web site, and group web site.