National History Day

National History Day in ND

State Competition

Virtual Contest: May 3-6, 2021
Virtual Award Ceremony: May 7

Register for the National History Day in North Dakota Contest
The registration website will be live April 1 through April 16

Website Lockout Date: April 16
Project Upload Dealine: April 16
Registration Closes: April 16

If you have questions about on-going contest planning, and potential contingency plans, please contact the State History Day Coordinator, Dani Stuckle, at or 701-328-2794.






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Danielle “Dani” Stuckle
NHD in ND Affiliate Coordinator



What is National History Day?

National History Day in North Dakota is a project-based learning program that emphasizes critical reading and thinking skills, research, analysis, and the drawing of meaningful conclusions. Students can complete these projects in groups or as individuals in one of five categories: documentary, paper, exhibit, performance, or website. They then compete in either the junior (middle school) or senior (high school) division. Regional winners compete at the state contest in April at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck. First and second-place state winners are eligible to compete in the national contest at the University of Maryland, College Park in June. National History Day in North Dakota provides teacher training and classroom resources throughout the year.


2021 Theme-Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

The National History Day theme for 2021 is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. Join us this year as we examine communication methods throughout time. What is communication? It can be spoken, written, heard and received. It happens in gatherings, and it is a key part of civics and government. From passenger pigeons to global satellites, how has technology changed the ways we communicate? What happens when we miscommunicate? Your project could focus specifically on North Dakota or on a topic from around the world.


Getting Started

When developing a National History Day project, consider all the important questions and factors that contributed to the development of a communication method. What happened? Who was involved? Where and when did it occur? Why did it happen? Most importantly, ask yourself, “so what?” What was the impact of communication in history? How did it affect the culture, lives, or environment of a community or the world? What were the short- and long-term outcomes? Why is this topic important, and why must we understand its effects today?



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