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2015 Theme: Leadership and Legacy in History

2015 Regional Competition Date: April 2, 2015

What is National History Day?

National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for middle 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 each June at a National Contest at University of Maryland at College Park.

*Click here to register online.*

Teachers and Parents: How to get started on NHD - For information click here.

The following contains addition information for teachers: Teacher's Toolkit

For North Carolina History Day information click here.

For National History Day information click here.

Please see the following links for suggested topics.

Sample Topics 1

North Carolina Topics 

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Download judging forms below.