THE NATIONAL HISTORY DAY® CONTEST IS IN FULL SWING AROUND THE WORLD
03/07/2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Around the world middle and high school students are presenting National History Day projects at local and regional contests, hoping to advance to the next level. Social media users can follow their progress by searching the hashtag #NHD2016. Numerous schools, students, and affiliates are posting pictures and videos of their best work.

The contests are held in the spring in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and at international schools in Central America, China, Korea, and South Asia. Students create historical projects in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Using primary and secondary sources, participants focus their projects around an annual theme. The 2016 theme isThe contests are held in the spring in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and at international schools in Central America, China, Korea, and South Asia. Students create historical projects in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Using primary and secondary sources, participants focus their projects around an annual theme. The 2016 theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The top two entries in each category from each affiliate are invited to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest held in College Park, Maryland, June 12 through 16.

Most affiliate contests have public viewings of the projects and students are often eager to talk about their research and findings. A full list of the affiliate contests is below. Contact information for all of the affiliate coordinators is available at nhd.org/affiliates.

“National History Day is more than just a day, it’s an experience,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Creating an entry for the Contest helps students hone research and critical thinking skills that are hugely beneficial to college and career readiness. And, the competitive aspect of the contest is often a nice motivator to nudge students to go above and beyond what they might otherwise have done.”

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. Since its creation, the contest has grown to an international competition with more than 600,000 participants that awards thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes annually.

This is the list of all National History Day Affiliate Contests.

Affiliate/Contest Date:

Alabama: March 6, 2016
Alaska: March 28, 2016
American Samoa: April 6-8, 2016
Arizona: April 16, 2016
Arkansas: April 16, 2016
California: May 6-7, 2016
China: March 5, 2016
Colorado: April 30, 2015
Connecticut: April 30, 2016
Washington, D.C.: March 23-24, 2016
Delaware: April 23, 2016
Florida: May 1-3, 2016
Georgia: April 23, 2016
Guam: March 5, 2016
Hawai‘i History Day: April 16, 2016
Idaho: April 23, 2016
Illinois: May 5, 2016
Indiana: April 23, 2016
Iowa: April, 25 2016
Kansas History Day: April 23, 2016
Kentucky: April 30, 2016
Korea: February 27, 2016
Louisiana History Day: April 9, 2016
Maine: April 9, 2016
Maryland History Day: May 7, 2016
Massachusetts: April 9, 2016
Michigan: April 30, 2016
Minnesota: May 1, 2016
Mississippi: March 5th, 2015
Missouri: April 30, 2016
Montana National History Day: April 2, 2016
Nebraska: April 16, 2016
Nevada (north): April 16, 2016
Nevada (south): April 9, 2016
New Hampshire: April 2, 2016
New Jersey: May 7, 2016
New Mexico: April 29, 2016
New York: April 18, 2016
North Carolina, April 30, 2016
North Dakota: April 15, 2016
Ohio: April 30, 2016
Oklahoma National History Day: May 4-5, 2016
Oregon Historical Society: April 23, 2016
Pennsylvania: May 10-11, 2016
Rhode Island: April 9, 2016
South Asia: March 12, 2016
South Carolina: April 23, 2016
South Dakota: April 7, 2016
Tennessee: April 9, 2016
Texas: April 30, 2016
Utah: April 16, 2015
Vermont History Day: April 2, 2016
Virginia: April 23, 2016
Washington State: April 23, 2016
West Virginia: April 9, 2016
Wisconsin: April 23, 2016
Wyoming: April 10 - 11, 2016

About National History Day: NHD is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, 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 nhd.org.

Contact
Gary Pettit
Director of Communications
Phone: 301-405-0536
Press Release
https://www.nhd.org/sites/default/files/Contest-season-announcement-2016.pdf
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