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Welcome to National History Day in North Dakota! 

The National History Day in North Dakota Program is housed at the
State Historical Society of North Dakota
North Dakota Heritage Center
612 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck ND 58505

Contact Erik Holland,  Curator of Education, for assistance.



2016 North Dakota State Competition:
April 15, 2016
North Dakota Heritage Center
612 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501


What Is History Day?

     National History Day is not just a day, but every day! The National History Day program is a year-long education program that culminates in a national contest every June.

     For more than forty years the National History Day program has promoted systemic educational reform related to the teaching and learning of history in America's schools. The combination of creativity and scholarship built into the NHD program anticipated current educational reforms, making National History Day a leading model of performance-based learning.

     NHD engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, documentaries, websites and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at regional, state, and national competitions.


Why Participate?

     Many different people and organization participate in the NHD program:

  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Libraries, Museums, and Archives
  • Local historical societies
  • Community Businesses

     The NHD program serves as a vehicle to teach students important literacy skills and to engage them in the use and understanding of museum and library resources. The program inspires students to study local history, and then challenges them to expand their thinking and apply knowledge of local events to the national, or even worldwide scene. The program also teaches students to become technologically literate through the use of computer and Internet research methods, and the use of technologically advanced applications in their presentations.

     "The true benefits from participating in National History Day go way past a certificate or medal. The program teaches kids the writing, analytical understanding, and reading comprehension skills that will make them a success in life, no matter what their career," states parent Susan Moose.