MELSA financially supports the library research experience for middle and high school students participating in History Day across the seven-county metro region by partnering with the Minnesota Historical Society.
“Hullabaloos” are research open houses. At these events, students visit public and academic libraries to receive help on their History Day projects. Students that attend hullabaloos can work with librarians to locate relevant resources, receive one-on-one feedback from MNHS staffers or mentors about their projects (called “Power Conferences”), and learn more about various aspects of History Day projects through mini-workshops. One of the goals is for students to find relevant resources for their project and, ideally, to take something away from the library for them to use later - whether checking out a book, scanning a newspaper article, or obtaining a digital copy of a scholarly journal.
Schools located in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington County are eligible to apply for a field trip grant to attend a Hullabaloo or a library of their choosing. On these field trips, undergraduate and graduate students work as library guides for History Day students, helping them find resources, answer research questions, and leading library orientations.
*This partnership is funded by Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage (Legacy) Fund.