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National History Day (NHD)

Georgia College Contact for NHD:

Dr. Trish Klein
Department of Early Childhood & Middle Grades Education


History Day is open students in grades 6 through 12 .
There are 3 Divisions:

Junior Division Grades 6, 7, & 8
Senior Division Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12

Each Division has 7 Categories that students may enter:

Individual Papers
Individual Exhibits
Group Exhibits
Individual Performances
Group Performances
Individual Documentary
Group Documentary

Any public or private school in Georgia may participate in the NHD competition at
Georgia College & State University. Also, home-school students are welcome to
participate in the contest.


How to prepare your submission to History Day:
•  Student or students choose a historical topic from any time period and any area of the world.

•  Student or students connects the historical topic to the annual theme.

•  Student or students researches a variety of sources that support the topic's connection to this year's theme. Examples of sources include:

•  Libraries
•  Archives
•  World Wide Web/Electronic Sources
•  Interviews of people who experienced the event
•  Places where the event occurred
•  Student or students WRITES a short (500 word) paper that contains:

~Information on researching the topic and collecting evidence
~ A bibliography of primary source and secondary sources

•  Student or students decides on a type of PRESENTATION :
~An original performance
~An exhibit or display
~A filmed or computer-generated documentary
~An historical paper


*All entries, except for the Individual Paper category, must include a PROCESS PAPER with a title page, annotated bibliography, and a description of approximately 500 words that describes the research process and methods used in the project.

Entries are judged and ranked by historians on the basis of historical quality, quality of presentation, and adherence to this year's theme and contest rules. First, Second, and Third place winners in each category are eligible to compete in the State History Day competition. Winners in the state contest will compete in the National History Day competition.

 Judging for the History Day Competition:
History Day is more than a student competition; it is a campaign to change the way history is taught across the nation. Participating teachers learn to stop relying on history textbooks and to send their students to library and museum archives in search of the real historical picture . Students learn to combine both content and the process of historical inquiry and analysis using various sources of information and presentation choices.


The judging process is one of the most important aspects of the History Day program. It is at this stage that students receive evaluations of their work from history and education professionals and encouragement to continue their quest for knowledge. Fair and effective judging is essential to the success of History Day and is critical for ensuring that students receive useful evaluations of their work. If you are interested in serving as a judge contact the History Day coordinator(s) at:


Preliminary History Day Schedule

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration in the Centennial Center
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Set-up of projects
9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Judging (Teachers, Parents, and Friends should not be present while projects are being judged).
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch and Campus Tours
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Awards Presentation 


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