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MHD Research Rendezvous

Learn tips and tricks from specialists and experts. 

What is a Research Rendezvous?

Long before Michigan was a state, people came together at a given time and place each summer called a rendezvous. The purpose of those meetings were to trade goods and share news from across the Great Lakes and beyond. A Research Rendezvous brings together librarians, historians, students, and teachers to exchange knowledge and ideas for creating History Day projects. 

The first Research Rendezvous was in 2018 at the Michigan Library and Historical Center. The most recent Rendezvous have been virtual, allowing people to join from all over Michigan. We are grateful to the presenters at our virtual Research Rendezvous for allowing their sessions to be recorded. We invite you to explore the content below and hope that it helps students as they create projects for future History Days.

2021 Research Rendezvous

This video shares some tip about the 2022 theme Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. It also gives some suggestions for narrowing topics and provides ideas and examples of topics.

Bob Myers and Amy Bradfield share tips and tricks about writing a MHD project. The video covers removing passive voice, making better word choices, and the importance of consistency.

Mindy Babarskis of the Library of Michigan shows students where they can access State Documents and local history collections at the Library of Michigan and elsewhere for their MHD project. She also discusses examples of primary and secondary sources and how students can tell the difference between the two source types.

Newspapers provide a treasure of both primary and secondary research sources. Learn how to find and use newspapers in the Library of Michigan’s collections, to recognize the difference between newspaper content as primary and secondary source material, and to use multiple news accounts to understand events and issues more fully.

2020 Research Rendezvous

Tobi Voigt from the Michigan History Center reviews good historical arguments, also known as thesis statements, and provides resources to help students craft their own argument for their Michigan History Day project.

Sara Gross from the Michigan History Center discusses credible sources, gives general tips for research, and shares warnings about questionable sources.

Tim Gleisner from the Library of Michigan discusses digital and online resources in Michigan that students can use to research their Michigan History Day projects.

Amy Bradfield from the Historical Society of Michigan reviews some significant changes to the contest rules for 2021. She also discusses the new evaluation forms, focusing on Student Voice. This video does not reflect the changes that were made to the evaluation forms for the 2022 contest year.