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The Department of History & Legal Studies promotes a sense of place and values public history. Winona possesses a distinct sense of place. Reinforcing the sense of place and public history, both locally and at the state level, the department encourages student involvement with the following historical societies and museums:

The Winona State Department of History & Legal Studies sponsors a local Phi Alpha Theta chapter. Social Science/History Teaching majors also join the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS).

  • National Council of for the Social Studies: Social Science/History Teaching majors are required to join the National Council of Social Studies upon admission into the professional education sequence, though students are welcome to do so earlier.
  • Minnesota Council for the Social Studies: The Minnesota Center for Social Studies Education advocates for social states at the state level, while overseeing the state standards in social studies for the Minnesota Board of Education. The Center provides key links to educational groups supporting the economics, civics, geography and history education.
  • National History Day: The Social Science/History Teaching program at Winona State supports National History Day, serving as the SE Regional host every spring. Students are encouraged to visit their webpage for more information.
  • National History Education Clearinghouse: The National History Education Clearinghouse provides model lesson plans, history resources and best practices reflections for history.
  • Stanford History Education Group The Stanford history education group has created cutting edge inquiry based lessons and assessments for both American history and world history. Their website provides their work along with links to model teaching clips.
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: The Gilder Lehrman Institute publishes a monthly thematic journal on American history education and students are encouraged to review their primary source document collection.

The Department of History promotes digital literacy and new media for history and the humanities. Discussion boards at H-Net and new media projects for history and contemporary events at the History News Network can be found at:

The Department of History & Legal Studies promotes writing skills. Helpful resources include: