National History Day

National History Day in ND

Virtual State Contest:


Congratulations to the 2022 National History Day in North Dakota Contest Winners:


Project Category Contestants

McCarthy Red Scare


Christena Walker

Hannah Seefeld

Kaedon Maunu

The Legacy of Martin Luther King


Addison Dahmus

The Fall of the Berlin Wall


Henlie Dahmus

The Potsdam Conference


Victoria Hecker

Lucas Ward

The Cold War


Elizabeth Clemow

Addison Klein

Claire Wood

Claudette Colvin: Her Fight to Equality


Melinda Goka

The Radium Girls


Brynn Gibson

Three Eras of Trial: Native Americans and the United States Government


Sydney Ebach

Kaleb David

Iran Hostage Crisis


Olivia Hagen

Madison Anliker

Shelby Miller



Register for the National History Day in North Dakota Contest   April 1 through April 29

Other important contest dates: 

Website Lockout Date: April 29
Project Upload Dealine: April 29
Registration Closes: April 29







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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.


Annual Theme

The National History Day theme for 2022 is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. Join us this year as we examine what debate and diplomacy mean across place and time. History is filled with these exchanges, critical moments between allies and adversaries, where disputes are negotiated and resolutions may be found. Historical disputes and debates cover a wide range of topics from political and economic debates to diplomatic events and cultural exchanges. It includes the role of civics and governments--what is the role of the government in our lives and how has that changed over time? What makes for success and failure, and what are the consequences? Projects can focus specifically on North Dakota or on a topic from around the world. 

Watch introduction videos, access graphic organizers, and download the 2022 theme book. 


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?


Virtual Kickoff Meeting

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 4:00 PM: In this session, open to educators, parents, and students, learn about the annual theme, Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successess, Failures, Consequences, potential topics and resources, how to get started on research, and important dates and events for the 2022 contest year. This free program  runs about an hour with time for Q&A. To register, contact state coordinator Dani Stuckle at or 701-328-2794.  Interested in this session but can't make this particular time and date? Ask us about requesting a session on demand.


Contact Information

Danielle “Dani” Stuckle
NHD in ND Affiliate Coordinator

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