National History Day (NHD)

2017-18 Theme:  Conflict & Compromise In History

2016-17 GMS students at the NHD competition touring the Smithsonian Natural History Museum

Approximate Timeline:


    -September: Theme 
        rollout to classes.

    -October:  Students 
        decide if competing

        work on projects.

    -January 10: NH 
        State Library field
        trip (date subject 
        to change).    

    -March 16, 2018:                GMS NHD                    
    -April 7, 2018:                      NHDNH contest at           PSU 
    -June 10-14: NHD             national contest


National History Day 2017-2018:

It is never too early to start thinking about NHD!  NHD is offered as an enrichment activity for students in conjunction with 7-8th-grade social studies classes.  Check back regularly to stay up to date on activities and opportunities related to this year's topic.  

This year's theme:  Conflict & Compromise in History.  Please visit the NHD 2017-18 student page for more information on this year's theme.   

What is National History Day?

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.

    -National History Day official site:
    -National History Day N.H. official site: 
     -National Archives: