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Steve Larson
Steve researched his grandpa
   who was a famous AP
photographer. He made great
  use of his photographs!
“I found out that my grandpa, Russell
 Landstrom was an amazing guy in
 photography. I learned he went to
 many places and his photos taught me
 about his life with the Associated Press
 during World War II and from his
 photographs of Winston Churchill.”
Emily Wermund and Amber Will
    Emily and Amber phone
 interviewed two of the „Little
   Rock Nine‟ who actually
 integrated into white schools
and found out what it was like.
     “The interview with
 Jefferson Thomas gave us
  a lot of detailed personal
fears and thoughts. He was
          very nice.”
Patti Sedo and Jenna
 Patti and Jenna were able to
   conduct a primary source
 interview with Dr. Fernando
Riverron, a local heart surgeon.
They also received a model of a
heart and other medical things,
 which they placed into their
 “We had found tons of information
 on our topic, but we needed more.
   We chose to go to the Wausau
Hospital and see what we could find.
   They said we would be able to
interview Dr. Riverron, and we did.
  He was a great help to our entire
Matt Rhodes and Hayden Esch
      Hayden and Matt
 interviewed veterans of D-
Day. In fact they recorded a
  DVD of these interviews,
and these DVD‟s are played
      in their exhibit.”
 “The interviews with all the
 veterans were great sources.
     They gave us a great
explanation of D-Day, and told
  the story in a soldiers eyes.
 Also, they gave us some great
 facts, that couldn’t be found
        anywhere else.”
Casie Purdeu
Casie interviewed Kit Cody
     and Lynn Howe.
“By interviewing Kit Cody and Lynn
 Howe, I gained knowledge of what
 effect Buffalo Bill‟s show made on
   the world. Kit Cody is the great-
  granddaughter of Buffalo Bill and
  Lynn Howe is a co-creator of the
   Buffalo Bill Historical Center in
 Cody, Wyoming. Kit Cody gave me
the idea to call Lynn Howe for more
Xang Hang
Xang was able to interview his dad
about his topic. His dad helped him
“I got a chance to interview my
dad. My dad was able to tell me
    about the Vietnam War.”
Scott Strand
 Scott interviewed one of his
  relatives, Steve Bielstien to
gather more information on his
   „My interview was with
 Steve Bielstien, who is one
     of my relatives from
  Chicago. I was able to get
lots of pictures and a copy of
an actual crew manifest from
         Ellis Island.‟
Sara Stieber
Sara was fortunate to be able
 to interview a World War II
  veteran for her project. He
      was a great source.
 “When Bob Milcox told me about D-
Day, it became so much more emotional
   and scary. He collected his medals
because too many of his friends died and
     he didn‟t want to remember.”
Jenna Kuzmik
Jenna was able to interview
 her grandpa on her topic.
 “It was really cool to interview
  my grandpa because it helped
   me to understand and know
   more about our history and
freedom. He was a good source
  because it helped me put my
        project together.”
Ben Wasleske and Theo Brazeau
  Ben and Theo conducted an
interview with Rita Mashak. It
    was a useful interview!
“The interview with Rita
Meshak helped us gather
insight on what happened
during the Apollo 13 event
at the White House.”
Shawn Willette
Shawn was able to interview
   his grandfather. Shawn
 collected great information
   through this interview!
  “I interviewed my grandfather;an army
mechanic before World War II and is still a
 pilot today and part of EAA. I asked him
    about what he thought about Chuck
Yeager‟s breaking of the sound barrier and
  how it affected America. It was a very
 interesting interview and gave me expert
    viewpoints on my topic. He was an
             excellent source.”
Erika Van Riper and Karmen
Erika and Karmen collected
 many useful sources that
 helped them a lot on their
“The sources that we collected
were extremely helpful. They
 gave us a perspective into the
     lives of people who
  experienced our event first
Jamison Wood
Jamison was very fortunate in
  that he received two large
 packets of information from
 Northfolk, Virginia. Jamison
was able to use the information
    to enhance his project.
“The source that was the most helpful
 to me was the source I received from
Northfolk, Virginia. The great archivist
James Zoble helped me in the material
 I needed on the “Bonus March.” It is
     called “MacArthur Memorial
    Archives.” It is about Douglas
 MacArthur who was a general during
              the march.”
Sarah Schmitt
Sarah‟s primary sources from
the FBI were fascinating and
proved John Dillinger was a
           bad boy.
 “A source that was one of the
    most useful was one call
  Johnnie Boy that I found on
 the internet. It was a history
   of his life. One of the most
    unique ones was a source
found from the Federal Bureau
        of Investigation.”
Emily Esko
Emily went to Madison and
   conducted a primary
    interview with Karl
 Armstrong. Karl was the
     actual person who
  bombed Sterling Hall.
   “Perseverance really
  played a big part in my
  research. It took me a
 while, but I was able to
      interview Karl
Armstrong. The interview
 ended up being the best
    part of my project.”
Chelsea Poland
 Chelsea went to UW-Oshkosh and met
           with the University’s
 archivist, who in turn, led her to many
         primary sources on her
Topic. Through this visit at UW-Oshkosh,
 she also found a cassette recording of
  black students, who participated in
            “Black Thursday.”
 “I couldn’t find much information on
my topic locally, so I actually had to go
    to Oshkosh to get information.
 That taught me to have patience and
not to give up.The archivist that I met
  at UW-Oshkosh proved to be very
        helpful in my research.”
Andy Keleske and Jake Gau
   Andy and Jake were
fortunate to interview Mr.
 Miller, a Sr. High teacher
   about the impact and
controversy over teaching
creationism and evolution.
They also conducted a poll
  among all the Jr. High
“Our interview with Mr. Miller at
the Senior High was an extremely
helpful source. He gave us a lot of
 good information about modern
  conflicts between teaching and
          religious ideas.”
Jason Meinhardt
Jason did a great job using a
variety of research methods.
  Some of his most helpful
 information came from his
phone interviews. He is truly
     a great researcher.
   “My sources were very
  important for my History
  Day project. I called two
people to interview them and
   they were my best two
Claire Fravert
Claire interviewed the
brother of a sailor who
 died on the Edmund
  Fitzgerald. What a
   gripping source!
“The sources that were most
  helpful to me were the
sources I received from Bill
 Wilhelm and I interviewed
Brittany Bailey and Mung
Mung and Brittany were able to
  conduct an interview with the
 late Dr. Lillehei’s son, who is a
   doctor in Boston. They also
wrote to Dr. Lillehei’s Museum,
      which sent back much
“We found our interview with Dr.
   Lillehei very helpful and also
interesting in our research. He was
     an important help to us”
Leanna Kemp
  Leanna was able to get a
 bunch of information from
her family. They were a great
       source to her.
    “It was great having the
 information about my family.
   Not only were they a great
source of information but they
  helped tie the topic into my
     life and made it more
      interesting for me.”
Eli Kossel
Eli was fortunate to be able
 to gather primary sources
   such as newspaper and
     magazine articles.
    “I got information from old
 magazines, newspaper clippings
 and Warren commission. The old
  magazines and paper clips gave
   information and pictures from
people that were actually there the
     day of John F. Kennedy‟s
     assassination. The Warren
  commission information helped
because it told who was involved
             and why.”
Heather Buchkowski
 Heather actually took a
trip to Massachusetts and
   visited the site of the
 “My trip to Massachusetts
  gave me a better feel for
   what people during the
  Salem Witch Trials were
really going through. It was
 amazing actually walking
through the town where the
    hangings occurred.”
David Hagenbucher
  David was able to get
valuable information from
  Mr. Schmitt, a veteran
  “My interview with Mr. Schmitt
was my best source. He helped me
 by giving me historical maps and
      books. He also gave me
  information that books couldn‟t,
like stories and feeling soldiers felt
     because he was a soldier.”
Emily Beck and Robin Wesenick
  They had interviews that
helped them learn more about
     the topic they were
   researching: open-heart
 “Our interviews were important
     because they helped us
understand more about our topic
and about the jobs of some of the
 people are involved with open-
     heart surgery patients.”
Kalyn Stroik and Alison Traska
“They were truly super
researchers by contacting
Channel 9 and then having
the station conduct a public
poll about their topic. They
were also able to purchase a
copy of the Laramie Project,
which is the play/movie of
the Matthew Shepard story.”
“It was very important to us to get the
public‟s opinion on our topic, so we
went to Melissa L. from Newsline 9
and she helped us. We‟re just so
pleased that we for the poll and all the
valuable information that we needed
to do a quality documentary. Business
letters, business letters, business
Jeff Hyypio
     Jeff was able to interview
his grandfather, who was with
the ground forces, which
supported the Flying Tigers.
His grandfather was Jeff‟s
inspiration to keep working
diligently on his I-Movie.
“Family was the inspiration of my
topic. I didn‟t know a whole lot
about my family‟s history. I just
wanted to be able to tell the next
generation about how my
grandfather, their great
grandfather played a role in The
Flying Tigers.”
Amber Laffin and Alex Brown
     Amber and Alex were able
to interview Mr. Miller, a
Senior High teacher, about the
impact and controversy over
teaching creationism and
evolution. They also conducted
a poll with all of the junior
high teachers regarding
teaching creationism and
“There wasn‟t a lot of information
about medical topics around
school, so we decided to actually
take a tour of the operating room
where surgeries are actually
preformed. Watching the surgery,
and knowing that it saves people‟s
lives truly inspired us.”
Aaron Gilling
     Aaron searched deeply into
his topic of Title IX. He
conducted some interviews with
collage wrestlers at Marquette
University, who were affected by
Title IX.
“I felt it was definitely important
to get wrestlers hurt by Title IX
and MU had some great
information which I visited and
had a great time.
Eric Wanless
Eric wrote a comprehensive
historical paper entitled “The
Salvation Army: A missionary
society caring and sharing.” He
conducted an interview with Ann,
a social worker, at the local
Salvation Army.
“The Salvation isn‟t a well known
topic. People know of its work
during the holidays, but not much
more. So to show people the
great works in the community I
got and interview and tour of the
Salvation Army. It was a great
source for the history of the local
Salvation Army. It helped a lot in
my paper.”