Minn. students develop skills with their History Day projects

The subjects may have ranged from the grim realities of World War II Europe to the life and times of the real Betty Crocker, but the History Day projects were all lessons in research, presentation and inquiry-based skills. More than 260 Minnesota students recently gathered at St. Cloud State University to present their projects for judging and for the chance to advance to the National History Day competition in June in Washington, D.C. "Kids who participate in History Day increase their appreciation of history but more than anything else, it's about college readiness," said Tim Hoogland, director of educational outreach programs for the Minnesota Historical Society.

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