National History Day (NHD) is a year-long themed research project competition for 6th-12th grade students across the U.S. and beyond that culminates in an international competition (“Nationals”) held every year at the University of Maryland, College Park, each June.
Students can compete solo or in groups and in the categories of papers, websites, documentaries, exhibits, and performances on any topic in history as long as they connect it to the yearly theme. Past entries have had titles such as “Uneducated: The G.I. Bill in the Segregated South,” “Taking a Stand Against Child Labor: The National Child Labor Committee,” and “’Only a Novel?’: Jane Austen’s Innovations for the Romantic Novel.”
For students who create projects (regardless of if they compete), learn and strengthen their analytic, research, writing, speaking, and time-management skills. It can lead to scholarships as it did for me, or simply a lifelong passion for history.
South Carolina Political Collections will be hosting a teacher workshop, “National History Day 101,” on Friday August 9th from 9 to noon. This workshop will include information about History Day, sample projects, tips and tricks for creating the best entry, list of topics that could use University of South Carolina Special Collections, and a discussion of other resources U of SC has to help students create their strongest project.
Anyone interested in learning more about National History Day or those who already work with NHD students are welcome to attend the free workshop. Please RSVP to Ann Abney at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 30th to reserve your spot.