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    National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students.

    Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances, and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.

    In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, NHD also helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

    •Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

    •Research and reading skills

    •Oral and written communication and presentation skills

    •self-esteem and confidence

    •A sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process

    More than 5 million students have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine and countless other disciplines where they are putting into practice what they learned through NHD.

    Each year, students have the opportunity to participate in one of nine categories:

    Paper (Individual only)

    Individual performance

    Group documentary

    Individual exhibit

    Group performance

    Individual web site

    Group exhibit

    Individual documentary

    Group web site


    Helpful Resources and Documents:

    NHD Rule Book - updated!

    Library of Congress 

    National Archives

    Brown University Choices Program

    Internet History Source Book (Fordham University)

    Lagrange College - NHD Support

    Impressing the Judges

    NHD Common Core Standards Connection 

    NARA Researcher Application

    SCHOLARS Rubric

    For more information, please visit: www.nhd.org.