Mar 24, 2019

National History Day

  • Crimson Education
  • China
Skill Building


National History Day, a year-long educational program sponsored in New York State by the Fenimore Art Museum, encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.

For more information visit the official site here.

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

School student, 6th - 12th grade



lots of categories for students to participate/compete in

Participation Cost


allow anyone to submit projects but judgment based on national competition of half a million submissions, with 3000 participants in national week-long event

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


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, state and national level.

Time Commitment


advanced preparation necessary, then participation in week-long national event

Application Deadline


Application Process Includes

First, students should find out if their school has an established History Day program. If not, they simply need to find a teacher who would be wiling to act as a sponsor for their projects. He or she just needs to be someone who can help the students with their time management, and serve as a mentor as they research and create their work.

Students do not need to register to participate in the program unless they plan on competing. Some schools have their own contests first to determine who will move on to the regional contests. Regional registration forms are typically due in February. Check the regional homepages for more specific information.

Top entries at the regional contest may move on to the state contest. Registration information for the state contest is online, and details will be given to the winners at the regional contests.