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
It engages young people in the active learning of history.
Through research, analysis, and critical thinking, students develop the ability to interpret history and see how people, places, ideas, and creations change the course of the future.
The skills developed to do the research and share a perspective based on that research are transferable to many academic areas, not just social studies!
Creating a project cultivates time management, presentation, communication, and planning skills; life skills for any individual.
In today's world of vast and readily available media, having the ability to assess authenticity, credibility, and reliability is a necessity.
The variety of medium options available (historical paper, documentary, website, performance, and website) allows a student to choose between highlighting a strength or exploring a new area as a challenge.
Creating a National History Day project not only teaches a student about a particular project in-depth, it develops a wide range of skills!