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National History Day

National History Day (NHD) Georgia is a program of Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College. NHD encourages middle and high school students to engage more deeply in historical research and analysis.

National History Day actively engages students in middle and high school in the historical process. Over the course of the school year, students select a topic related to the year’s theme. They engage in a program of research, in both primary and secondary sources, designed to investigate their topic and answer specific research questions. Their results are then presented through one of a variety of categories including exhibits, papers, documentaries, websites and performances. All entries, regardless of category include a written component, known as the ‘process paper’ which discusses the reasoning behind the project, the research process and the significance of the topic to the theme. Students must also prepare and submit an annotated bibliography.

National History Day students study the past in an active and dynamic way, developing skills that apply to all facets of their lives. They learn the value of deep and critical reading. Students analyze evidence, interpret data, draw conclusions and communicate them via written and oral means. It is a true learning experience: students learn, students experience, students grow and students achieve in ways even they thought unimaginable. (Courtesy of LaGrange College, National History Day in Georgia.)

National History Day Themes

For Georgia Archives collections which can be used for the National History Day 2023 theme “Frontiers: People, Places, Ideas” click here:

Contacts for National History Day

National History Day

LaGrange College website link to National History Day information

National History Day information LaGrange College

Georgia Humanities website link to National History Day information

National History Day information Georgia Humanities