WASHINGTON, D.C.—Around the country, more than half a million middle and high school students are currently competing in National History Day contests. Students conduct rigorous historical research focused around the 2017 theme, Taking a Stand in History, and create a project in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website

“The annual theme provides a way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history,” National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “When we chose this theme a few years ago, we had no idea how relevant it would be in 2017.”

This year’s theme, Taking a Stand in History, is as relevant as ever. Amid a rise in numerous civic movements, both nationally and globally, the students participating in the contest are looking at historical stands in history. From Nelson Mandela and South African Apartheid to Aeschylus and Ancient Greek Theatre, students are exploring significant points in history and using their creativity to bring this history to life. Many teachers and students are posting photos and videos of their projects using the hashtag #NHD2017.

“The work of the students always amazes me,” said Gorn. “I can’t wait to see the projects that make it to the National Contest.”

After competing at local and regional contests, the top projects in each category advance to one of 58 affiliate contests (a listing of all affiliate level contests is below). The top two projects in each category are invited to the National History Day Contest held June 11-15, 2017 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

“Simply completing a National History Day Contest project is an accomplishment,” said Gorn. “But these students do so much more. They conduct original historical research and often uncover history that was unknown. They learn skills that will help them both in college and their careers. And above all, they develop a passion for learning.

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 that, in its 43 year history, has reached millions of students and teachers.

Below is a list of National History Day Affiliate Contests. American Samoa, Central America, and Puerto Rico are not included in this list.

    Alabama - 4/21/2017 - Auburn University, Montgomery
    Alaska - 3/27/2017 - Virtual contest
    Arizona - 4/1/2017 - ASU Memorial Union, Tempe
    Arkansas - 4/15/2016 - University of Central Arkansas, Conway
    California - 5/6/2016 - William Jessup University, Rocklin
    China - 3/4/2017 - Concordia International School Shanghai
    Colorado - 5/6/2017 - University of Colorado, Denver
    Connecticut - 4/29/2016 - Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
    Washington, D.C. - 4/5/2017 - National Archives, Washington, DC
    Delaware - 5/13/2017 - William Penn High School, New Castle
    Florida - 5/7/2017 - Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee
    Georgia - 4/22/2017 - Mercer University, Macon
    Guam - 3/25/2017 - University of Guam, Mangilao
    Hawai‘i - 4/15/2017 - Windward Community College, Kaneohe
    Idaho - 4/15/2017 - College of Idaho, Caldwell
    Illinois - 5/4/2016 - Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield
    Indiana - 5/6/2017 - Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis
    Iowa - 5/8/2017 - Iowa Events Center, Des Moines
    Kansas - 4/30/2016 - Washburn University, Topeka
    Kentucky - 4/22/2017 - University of Kentucky, Lexington
    Korea - 2/25/2017 - Korea International School Pangyo Campus
    Louisiana - 3/25/2017 - The National WWII Museum, New Orleans
    Maine - 4/8/2017 - University of Maine, Orono
    Maryland - 4/29/2017 - University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Catonsville
    Massachusetts - 4/1/2017 - Stoneham High School, Stoneham
    Michigan - 4/29/2017 - Bay City Central High School, Bay City
    Minnesota - 4/29/2017 - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
    Mississippi - 3/25/2017 - University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
    Missouri - 4/29/2017 - University of Missouri, Columbia
    Montana - 4/8/2017 - Bozeman Catholic Community Center, Bozeman
    Nebraska - 4/8/2017 - Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln
    Nevada (north) - 4/8/2017 - University of Nevada, Reno
    Nevada (south) - 3/25/2017 - University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    New Hampshire - 5/1/2017 - Plymouth State University, Plymouth
    New Jersey - 5/6/2017 - William Paterson University, Wayne
    New Mexico - 4/28/2017 - National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque
    New York - 4/24/2016 - The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown
    North Carolina - 4/29/2016 - North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh
    North Dakota - 4/7/2017 - North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck
    Ohio - 4/29/2017 - Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware
    Oklahoma - 5/3/2017 - Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City
    Oregon - 4/22/2017 - Concordia University, Portland
    Pennsylvania - 5/12/2017 - Carlisle Area High School, Carlisle
    Rhode Island - 4/29/2017 - Rhode Island College, Providence
    South Asia - 3/11/2017 - The British School Jakarta
    South Carolina - 4/29/2017 - Westwood High School, Blythewood
    South Dakota - 5/5/2017 - South Dakota State University, Brookings
    Tennessee - 4/8/2017 - State Capitol Complex, Nashville
    Texas - 4/29/2017 - University of Texas at Austin and the Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin
    Utah 4/29/2017 - Hillcrest Jr. High School, Murray
    Vermont - 4/8/2017 - Montpelier High School, Montpelier
    Virginia - 4/29/2017 - Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
    Washington State - 4/29/2017 - Green River Community College, Auburn
    West Virginia - 4/8/2017 - West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown
    Wisconsin - 4/22/2017 -University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison
    Wyoming - 4/9/2017 - University of Wyoming Campus, Laramie

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


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