This year the Friends of the IHRC sponsored topical prizes for immigration for the state History Day contest which took place on Sunday, April 27, 2008, at Coffman Union (U of M). The 2008 National History Day theme was Conflict and Compromise in History. Friends of the IHRC awarded $50 to each of the chosen winners: Luke Stone, C. Knopp-Schwyn and Clara Linehan. Judges for this year were Board Member Jeanette Pafko and IHRC Acting Director Haven Hawley.
History Day is a program that invites young people to explore a historical subject related to an annual theme. History Day makes the themes broad enough to allow students to be able to explore any topic in any era of history. Students in grades 6-12 may participate in the fair. Students compete in different categories, and their work is reviewed by historians, educators and professionals. The top students in each category are eligible to participate in the National History Day competition in June.