About History Day

National History Day is designed to help students learn to think like historians, exhibit their work in an authentic environment, and take ownership of their learning. 
Quote from Lynne M. O'Hara, Director of Programs, NHD

Annual Theme

The theme changes so students who do NHD every year have an opportunity to explore a new direction every year.  The themes are intentionally broad to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local to global, and from ancient time to the recent past. Students can begin their research with secondary sources to gain the broader context, progress to finding primary sources, and then make an argument about the effects of a topic in history, answering the "So what?" question of why their particular topic has been important to our history.

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Nebraska Guide Packet

  • Information on the NHD Program and Meeting Nebraska Standards

  • Information on the 2022 Theme

  • Project Creation

  • Contest Details

  • Contest General Rules

  • Historical Sites and Museum Information for Nebraska

  • FAQ's

Need a little help?

Introductory Videos for your NHD journey!


Your History Day project is like a journey, requiring lots of stops along the way before you get to your final destination. These "stop" videos are designed to help you through your journey by discussing how and where to find sources, how and why to incorporate historical argument and student voice, and many more details.  The short videos introduce the main components for those new to the program and tips on creating and refining projects for returning students.


More in depth videos for high school students will arrive before Thanksgiving of 2021!

Enjoy the stops along your journey!

In-Depth Analysis Videos provided by Taylor Hamblin

Contest Rule Book

The Rule Book includes: 

  • ​What is NHD? 

  • Program Overview

  • Rules For All Categories

  • Individual Category Rules

  • Information on How Your Entry will be Judged

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Judge Evals

Rubric Format

NHD WebCentral is now National History Day's website building platform!
Click the buttons below to find out more about NHD WebCentral and get started on your own website creations. (Search National History Day YouTube for additional videos on NHDWebCentral or go to nhd.org/nhdwebcentral).  Please use these tools before contacting NHD for assistance.  Happy website building!

Click the button below to view sample projects

from the 2021 virtual State Contest!