Can I participate in National History Day?

National History Day is open to all students in grades 6 through 12. All types of students participate in NHD; for example: public, private, parochial and home-school students; urban, suburban and rural students; English language learners, academically gifted and average students, and students with special needs.

What am I required to do to participate?

Students choose a history topic related to NHD’s annual contest theme, conduct extensive research over the course of the school year, and create performances, documentaries, papers or exhibits, which they may enter in competition at the district and state level. Champion entries from grades six through twelve at the state level advance to the National History Day contest at the University of Maryland.

How do I get started with History Day?

First, students should find out if their school has an established History Day program. Some students participate through after school and scouting programs in addition to those who participate through their schools. Students simply need to find a teacher or trusted adult who would be willing to act as a sponsor for their projects. These “coaches” help students with time management and serve as mentors as students conduct research and create projects. Students do not need to register to participate in the program unless they plan on competing. Some schools have their own contests to determine who will move on to the regional contests. 

Event Information
2021 History Day Schedule

Registration Deadline: February 21, 2021

Consent Form Deadline: February 21, 2021

Competition: March 5-6, 2021

Virtual Event
Educator/Student/Parent Resources

History Day Registration Closes: February 21, 2021

Oct. 30th Educator Workshop Registration

History Day Information Flyer
Educator Workshop Flyer

Consent to Participate Form
Theme Book for NHD 2021
Student Resources
Teacher Resources


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