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  • Welcome to National History Day in Wisconsin! Whether you are a student, teacher, parent, or volunteer explore this website and learn more about the program. For more information, contact our office!

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What is National History Day?

National History Day is more than a day; it is a process, a creative outlet, and a confidence-building experience. This is an opportunity to think beyond the textbook in your social studies classroom and develop a memorable project.

Any questions? Please email us!


The program: National History Day is more than just a day; it is an academic enrichment program for 6th-12th graders. Kids all across the country (and world) create NHD projects.

The project: Students can research any type of history and create a project. Encourage them to:

    • Choose whatever kind of history they are interested in: sports, war, music, cultural, environmental, political, etc.
    • Pick how they want to show their information: exhibit, website, documentary, paper, or performance.

The competition: Competing is optional. If your student decides to compete, there are different levels of competition.

      • School level (optional): if your child’s whole grade level or class participates, the teacher may host an afterschool event to pick which projects advance.
      • Regional level: Wisconsin hosts regional events based on county. Email us to ask where your student’s regional is located.
      • State level: Each regional sends the top 3 entries in each category to compete at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. This contest is always in early to mid April.
      • National level: The top winners from every state (and some countries) compete at the University of Maryland campus.

Please Note: Websites, documentaries and paper projects are submitted earlier than other projects because proper judging of these categories requires advanced viewing.

Where are these Contests?

Our Recent News - Keep Up to date

Jan. 2022- The updated Guide to 2022 Virtual NHD in WI is available for the 2022 Contest Season

Oct. 2021- Updated Teacher Materials available. Click here to view!

Oct. 2021- NHD 101: How to Organize Your Project classroom workshops available to be booked.         Click here to find out more or email us at to book!

Oct. 2021- Teacher Workshop:Primary Sources on Nov. 10. Register here!

Aug. 2021 - New theme materials available! Click here to learn about this year's theme, Debate & Diplomacy in History.

Oct. 2020 - Virtual Project Guide Now Available! Click Here to view PDF.

July 2020 - New Rule Book! Click here for updated rules, including:

  • Process papers now required for Paper category
  • No weapons (real or replica)
  • Historical Argument now required in process paper
  • and more!



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