WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than half a million middle and high school students are discovering their potential through the National History Day Contest. The contest inspires students to learn critical thinking skills through historical research. Students can choose any historical topic related to the 2018 theme, Conflict & Compromise in History, to create a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website.

“Creating a project for the National History Day Contest is challenging. It requires hard work and dedication. But, it also provides great reward,” said Dr. Cathy Gorn, National History Day® Executive Director. “The skills of conducting research and recognizing credible sources are crucial to increasing civic engagement in young people. In a time of fake news and misinformation, these skills are more important than ever.”

According to an independent study in 2011, students who participate in the National History Day Contest are better prepared for college, careers and citizenship. NHD students also outperform their peers in areas including communication, planning, research and perseverance. Learn more about this study at

Using this year’s theme, Conflict & Compromise in History, students are a developing a love of historical discovery while exploring conflicts, compromises, and sometimes a lack of compromise, in the past.

“Students today are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Gorn. “The National History Day experience equips students with the tools necessary to flourish in an ever-evolving democratic society.”

The work of these young scholars can be viewed at one of 56 affiliate contests that take place in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., American Samoa, Guam and at international schools in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia. The top two projects in each category are invited to the National Contest held June 10-14, 2018 at the University of Maryland in College Park. Many teachers and students are documenting their journeys on social media using the hashtag #NHD2018.

Below is a table of National History Day Affiliate Contests.

Affiliate Date of Contest Location of Contest
Alabama 4/6/2018 Auburn University, Montgomery
Alaska 3/23/2018 Virtual contest
America Samoa 4/11/2018 Ree Lex Auditorium
Arizona 3/31/2018 ASU Memorial Union, Tempe
Arkansas 4/7/2018 University of Central Arkansas, Conway
California 5/5/2018 William Jessup University, Rocklin
China 3/24/2018 Concordia International School, Shanghai
Colorado 5/5/2018 University of Colorado, Denver
Connecticut 4/28/2018 Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
Washington, D.C. 4/11/2018 National Archives, Washington, DC
Delaware 3/24/2018 William Penn High School, New Castle
Florida 5/7/2018 Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee
Georgia 4/21/2018 Mercer University, Macon
Guam 3/24/2018 University of Guam, Mangilao
Hawai‘i 4/14/2018 Windward Community College, Kaneohe
Idaho 4/14/2018 College of Idaho, Caldwell
Illinois 5/3/2018 Bank of Springfield Center, Springfield
Indiana 4/14/2018 Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis
Iowa 4/30/2018 Iowa Events Center, Des Moines
Kansas 4/21/2018 Washburn University, Topeka
Kentucky 4/21/2018 University of Kentucky, Lexington
Korea 2/24/2018 Korea International School, Pangyo Campus
Louisiana 4/14/2018 The National WWII Museum, New Orleans
Maine 4/7/2018 University of Maine, Orono
Maryland 4/28/2018 University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Catonsville
Massachusetts 4/7/2018 Winchester High School, Winchester
Michigan 4/28/2018 Bay City Central High School, Bay City
Minnesota 4/28/2018 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Mississippi 3/24/2018 University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
Missouri 4/28/2018 University of Missouri, Columbia
Montana 4/7/2018 Montana State University, Bozeman
Nebraska 4/7/2018 Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln
Nevada (north) 3/17/2018 University of Nevada, Reno
Nevada (south) 4/15/2018 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
New Hampshire 4/7/2018 Plymouth State University, Plymouth
New Jersey 5/5/2018 William Paterson University, Wayne
New Mexico 4/27/2018 National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque
New York 4/23/2018 Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown
North Carolina 4/28/2018 North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh
North Dakota 4/13/2018 North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck
Ohio 4/21/2018 Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware
Oklahoma (Junior) 5/2/2018 Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma (Senior) 5/3/2018 Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City
Oregon 5/5/2018 Concordia University, Portland
Pennsylvania 5/11/2018 Carlisle Area High School, Carlisle
Rhode Island 4/28/2018 Rhode Island College, Providence
South Asia 3/10/2018 Singapore American School, Singapore
South Carolina 4/21/2018 Westwood High School, Blythewood
South Dakota 4/11/2018 South Dakota State University, Brookings
Tennessee 4/7/2018 State Capitol Complex, Nashville
Texas 4/28/2018 University of Texas at Austin and the Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin
Utah 4/28/2018 Hillcrest Jr. High School, Murray
Vermont 4/7/2018 Montpelier High School, Montpelier
Virginia 4/21/2018 Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
Washington 4/21/2018 Green River Community College, Auburn
West Virginia 4/7/2018 West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown
Wisconsin 4/21/2018 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison
Wyoming 4/9/2018 University of Wyoming, Laramie

Founded in 1974 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, the National History Day Contest was created to inspire students to conduct original historical research. During its 44-year history the contest has grown to an international competition that has impacted millions of students and teachers.

About National History Day® (NHD): NHD is a non-profit education organization headquartered in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD promotes an appreciation for historical research among middle and high school students through multiple annual programs. More than half a million students participate in the annual National History Day Contest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD provides professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators of all levels. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit


Lynne O'Hara
Director of Programs
Phone: 484-919-2595