National History Day Kick-Off

Posted: September 26, 2016

The Chippewa Valley Museum will host an open house from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 for students, their families and teachers in support of a new year of National History Day projects and competition.

This year's keynote speaker is Jodi Thesing-Ritter, Executive Director for Diversity and Inclusion in the Student Affairs division at UW-Eau Claire. As founder of the Civil Rights Pilgrimage that began as a university program in 2008, Thesing-Ritter will speak to the 2017 theme for National History Day: "Taking a Stand in History."

This inspiring evening is designed to support student historians and researchers in grades 6-12. Students may tour the CVM's exhibits, library and archives to get ideas and learn to access the wealth of resources available for projects. Students may investigate the museum's history kit collection, overflowing with authentic documents, artifacts and visual inventory guides covering over 25 fascinating topics.

The public is welcome, admission is free, and light refreshments will be provided. The Chippewa Valley Museum is located at 1204 Half Moon Drive in scenic Carson Park, in Eau Claire. Contact Karen Jacobson at 715-834-7871 or for details.

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