National History Day

National History Day in ND

State Contest:


The National History Day in North Dakota Contest is held annually the last Friday in April. The 2023 contest will be held in-person on Friday, April 28, 2023 at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

Register for the National History Day in North Dakota Contest
Registration will be open Jan. 1 through April 14.

Other important contest dates: 

Papers Due: April 17

Website Lockout Date: April 21







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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 2023 is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.  

Watch introduction videos, access graphic organizers, and download the 2023 theme book. 


Contact Information

NHD in ND Affiliate Coordinator

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