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National History Day is not just a day, but every day! The National History Day program is a year-long education program that culminates in a national contest every June.

For more than thirty-five years the National History Day program has promoted systemic educational reform related to the teaching and learning of history in America's schools. The combination of creativity and scholarship built into the NHD program anticipated current educational reforms, making National History Day a leading model of performance-based learning.

NHD is a year-long education program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, interactive web sites, and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.

State Qualifying Students

Have you (as a student) or has your student (for parents and teachers) qualified for the National History Day: Nebraska state contest?  First, congratulations is in order!  All of your hardwork has paid off!

We look forward to having you on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus on Saturday, April 11.  A state contest guide is available which gives you lots of details, including registration and submittal dates. If you did not receive a hardcopy of the packet the day of the contest, then the district coordinators will be mailing them out to you or your teachers a few days following the contest.  You can also download a pdf file by clicking here  images/uploads/NHDNebraskaStateContestGuide2015.pdf.

Again, congratulations, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday April 11, 2015.


Why Participate?

Many different people come together when students participate in the NHD program:

  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Libraries, Museums, and Archives
  • Community Businesses

The NHD program serves as a vehicle to teach students important literacy skills and to engage them in the use and understanding of museum and library resources. The program inspires students to study local history, and then challenges them to expand their thinking and apply knowledge of local events to the national, or even worldwide scene. The program also teaches students to become technologically literate through the use of computer and Internet research methods, and the use of technologically advanced applications in their presentations.

"The true benefits from participating in National History Day go way past a certificate or medal. The program teaches kids the writing, analytical understanding, and reading comprehension skills that will make them a success in life, no matter what their career," states parent Susan Moose.