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When is National History Day?

What's in a Name?

Why are we called National History Day when the program is more than one day?

NHD started as a small contest in Cleveland in 1974. Members of the history department at Case Western Reserve University developed the initial idea for a history contest to make teaching and learning history a fun and exciting experience. Students gathered on campus to devote one day to history. They called it "National History Day." Over the next few years, the contest expanded throughout Ohio and into surrounding Midwestern states. By 1980 NHD had grown into a national organization and in 1992 NHD moved its headquarters from Cleveland to the Washington, D.C., area. Although the name has remained the same, NHD has grown into a national organization with year-round programs and a week-long national contest.
When is National History Day?

When is National History Day? Every day is National History Day! We are teaching students that history is not just about the names and dates of people and events from 200 years ago but about the stories that happen every day in communities around the world. National History Day’s year-round programs culminate in a national contest every June.

That’s why we say “National History Day is not just a day, it’s an experience!”

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