About History Day
What is National History Day?
National History Day is an exciting academic enrichment program that helps
students learn about historical issues, ideas, people, and events.
This yearlong academic adventure fosters students' enthusiasm
for learning and their love for history.
National History Day teaches the skills individuals need for a successful future. The program's three central elements develop participants' abilities to:
- Complete extensive research;
- Critically analyze and develop historical conclusions about information they have discovered in a variety of sources; and
- Present and defend their interpretations in a critical, yet creative forum.
Working individually or collaboratively
in groups of two to five, students produce historical documentaries,
exhibits, dramatic performances and research papers based on
an annual theme. Students in
6th through 12th grade may choose to participate in the national event
cycle by presenting their research at a competitive series of
local, regional, state and national events.
If students choose
to participate in the national event cycle, their work is evaluated
at different stages by historians, educators and professionals
in related fields. Award-winning entries at the Wisconsin History
Day state event held in late April/early May are then eligible
to participate in the National History Day contest held in June
in Washington, D.C.