Why Volunteer?

Do you like history? Do you enjoy working with kids? National History Day in North Dakota needs your help! Hundreds of middle and high school students present their work in a series of annual competitions that begin locally and progress to the national level. Students select and research a topic connected to an annual theme. Then they create an exhibition, documentary, performance, website, or research paper to share their work, like professional historians. 

Our greatest need is for judges with a variety of professional experience and background knowledge who have a passion for history. Volunteers can also serve as room monitors who help supervise during competitions. Volunteers help make our annual regional and state contests a success. 



ND Heritage Center with History Day contestant exhibits and judges. Judges inquire about the student's project and score according to the contest guidelines.
National History Day in North Dakota contestants 


Judges typically view around five to eight projects, depending on the number entered for each category. Judges are provided with an evaluation form to assess whether students balanced their research and provided adequate context for their topic. You do not have to be a historian to judge at a History Day contest. There are several opportunities to learn more about the judging process including orientation sessions.

It is exciting to talk to these students and see their completed projects. National History Day in North Dakota is a lot of fun to become involved in. Contact the state coordinator, Madison Milbrath, at mrmilbrath@nd.gov to learn more.

Helpful Guides and Instructions

Judge and Volunteer Handbook 

Annual Theme 

Contest Rules & Evaluation Forms

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