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About History Day

Introduction to NHD Video

If you're new to National History Day, reviewing the basics, or looking for ways to share information with students and parents, you'll learn more by watching our introductory video.

Watch the video.

(Video, 20 minutes, 45 seconds)

Learn about the National History Day in Wisconsin program and see 2013 state finalists for the National History Day competition interviewed by WisconsinEye's Joe Otterson. Source: WisconsinEye

Video Requirements

Video will be streamed for PC users using Windows Media Player and for Mac users using Quicktime. If you are encountering technical problems, read the WisconsinEye help page.

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:

  1. Complete extensive research;
  2. Critically analyze and develop historical conclusions about information they have discovered in a variety of sources; and
  3. 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.


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