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The Research Rendezvous


                                       
 
National History Day in Colorado is partnered with Denver Public Library, Boulder Public Library, Denver Museum of Nature and Science,and UNC Michener Library to offer students a time to hone their research skills and find unique sources while working with trained volunteers to get feedback on their projects.

Research Rendezvous Dates and Locations
December 3 Boulder Public Library
​​January 14 Denver Museum of Nature and Science
​January 22 ​Denver Public Library Main Branch
​TBD ​​Michener Library-University of Northern Colorado
 

Boulder Research Rendezvous:  Saturday, December 3rd  12-4

Registration opens mid-November for students
Main Library 1001 Arapahoe Ave  Free Parking on Saturdays
303-441-3100

Power Sessions
Students get personalized help from historians, librarians, NHD Colorado, CU mentors and community experts to define, research or review your project:

  • Develop your working thesis.  Thesis = Topic + Theme + Impact. 

  • Locate primary & secondary sources in Colorado libraries and digital archives on the web.

  • Learn about community organizations that can help you enhance your project.

5 Mini-Presentations on research and project tips:  Learn from professional documentarians, CU instructors, web developers, museum curators and community experts.

Contact: Gina Scioscia sciosciag@boulderlibrary.org​ 


TBD Maker's Workshop at History Colorado! 

The Makers Workshop will allow exhibit students to receive feedback and guidance from actual museum professionals on their project design, while giving documentary students an opportunity to receive tips of the trade from Rocky Mountain PBS. Students in the remaining categories will have an opportunity to speak with NHD mentors about their project.  Space is limited per session and are first come, first served. We will be contacting you with more details a few days before the event via email. 

Museum visitation will be available prior to the event-- Tell the front desk that you are with History Day. 

Exhibit Students: Please bring any and all elements pertaining to your project. If you are in the process of organizing your board, please bring the board, copies of your images, any quotes or analytical pieces that you may want to glue, headings, etc. The History Colorado staff will help you find the best way to put together your project for maximum impact.  

We will NOT have access to a printer, so please have your pieces prepared before. Some supplies (glue, scissors, etc.) may be available. 

Documentary, Paper, Website, and Performance Students: The Research Rendezvous portion of the event provides you the chance to get some feedback on your project through limited consultations with History Day staff and mentors. These sessions are walk-in only from 2:00-3:00 in the classroom. The sessions will occur in 10-15 minute increments and will be first-come, first-served. 

Bring all elements of your project (thesis statement, research, etc.) and come prepared with questions to ask the experts. The consultations are meant to help you locate resources, increase impact of your analysis, and organize your thoughts. 

Check-in: The table will be on the first floor near the classrooms. Check-in will be open from 1:00-2:00 p.m. After 2:00, students will be able to attend the events, but they will not receive important information and their complimentary flash drive.

General Schedule

1:00-2:00   Interview Methods with Claire Martin

1:00-2:00   Makers Workshop for Exhibit Students (Session 1)

2:00-3:00   Open Consultation with History Day Staff and Mentors

2:00-3:00   Makers Workshop for Exhibit Students (Session 2)

3:00-4:00   Rocky Mountain PBS Session on Documentaries

3:00-4:00   Makers Workshop for Exhibit Students (Session 3)

While in the area, students are also encouraged to visit the Denver Public Library across the street. Bring your library card!


For more information contact Stacey Pendleton (stacey.pendleton@ucdenver.edu)

 Denver Public Library Research Rendezvous Schedule of Events
Please note, Denver Public Library will be functioning as usual. If you are arriving at 1:00, please allow the regular patrons to enter the library first.

National History Day in Colorado and Denver Public Library staff are not responsible for minding any participating student. Chaperones are welcomed and encouraged.

Check-in: The table will be on the first floor near the Information Desk. Check-in will be open from 1:00-3:00 p.m. After 3:00, students will still be able to attend the events, but they will not receive important information or their complimentary flash drive. 

Time
Event
Location
12:15
Preliminary Meeting for Volunteers
Rockwell (4th Floor)
1:00
Registration Opens
1st Floor (Next to the Info Desk)
1:15-4:00
Open Research
Various Floors of Library
1:15-3:45
NHDC Consultation Sessions (These occur in 15-minute increments)
Rockwell (4th Floor)
1:15-3:45
Librarian One-on-One Consultation Sessions (These occur in 15-minute increments)
3rd Floor South (near the elevators)
1:15-3:30
Open Seminar Sessions
Large Computer Classroom (4th Floor)
2:15-2:30
Raffle*
Rockwell (4th Floor)
3:45-4:00
Raffle and Data Collection
Rockwell (4th Floor)
 

 *Raffle- Students will have the opportunity to win NHD and partner-donated prizes based upon the amount of effort they put into their time at the session. They can receive 2 raffle tickets per item for the following:

 
  • Consultation with a librarian
  • Consultation with a volunteer
  • Attending a seminar session
  • Filling out a questionnaire
 

Consultation Sessions

Pre-Registered Students: You will go at your assigned time to your one-on-one consultation in the Rockwell Room (4th Floor). You will have 15-minutes to discuss your project and receive guidance on questions that you have about your topic. Please feel free to bring your thesis statement or any written pieces that you have created.

If you need more time, you may sign-up for a walk-in slot later in the day. You may also meet one-on-one with a librarian at any time.

Walk-ins: We have a sign-up sheet that will be posted outside of the Rockwell Room for students who did not pre-register/need extra time. The walk-in slots have a designated consultant in the column next to the write-in space.

At the walk-in time, you will meet with the consultant listed by number. You will have 15-minutes to discuss your project and receive guidance on questions that you have about your topic. Please feel free to bring your thesis statement or any written pieces that you have created.

You may also meet one-on-one with a librarian at any time.

Consultation Protocol: Your consultant may be wrapping up a conference with another student when you arrive. Please allow the student ahead of you to leave before going to your consultant. You will have a maximum of 15 minutes.  If you would like more time to consult with a volunteer, you will be able to write your name on the walk-in sheet for another time.

Mini-Seminar Details                                                      
NHDC, DPL, and partner organizations will have the opportunity to present content pertinent to student research and project development. 
  

Time

Event

1:15-1:45

Using Maps in Your History Day Project (Colorado Geographic Alliance)

1:45-2:15

“So You Need a Topic?”- Finding the Perfect NHD Topic (Kory Franken, Greater Denver Metro Regional Coordinator)

2:15-2:30

Raffle

2:30-3:00

The Elements of an Effective Exhibit (Steve Friesen, Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave)

3:00-3:30

Creating a Strong Thesis Statement (Peter Mehlbach, Retired Teacher and Board Member)

  
Important-- Regarding Library Cards

If you do not have a Denver Public Library library card or a My Denver Card, you will need to have one before attending this event. The library card will allow you into databases and other resources that are unique to the Denver Public Library. Follow this link to learn more: https://www.denverlibrary.org/library-card​

To receive your library card, you must present photo identification and verification of Colorado address. Applicants 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with picture ID and proof of address.​

What Do I Bring?
You may consider bringing a laptop or a notebook to take notes. Every participating student will receive a complimentary flash drive at check-in. Students should come prepared with questions about their project for librarians and trained volunteers.
 

Student Conduct and Expectations
The Denver Public Library will be functioning as usual. We expect all NHDC students to maintain an atmosphere of respectfulness to the patrons and librarians around them by:

  • maintaining low noise levels.
  • eating and drinking in designated areas only.
  • not running, jumping, pushing, or engaging in any otherwise disruptive physical action.
  • abiding by DPL’s outlined policies.

Photography, video, and audio taping: When you enter event space, you are entering an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. National History Day in Colorado and Denver Public Library may use this footage for publicity purposes.

By entering the event premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, promotional purposes, advertising, inclusion on websites, or any other purpose by NHDC and DPL. You release NHDC and DPL, its employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or or sound recordings.

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any publication. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by NHDC and DPL.

You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the event. If you have any questions, please contact Celeste Archer (celeste.archer@ucdenver.edu).