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

Need a little help?

Here are a few short videos that cover some of the essential components of a History Day project.  They can help you brush up on preparing and refining your project. Enjoy! 

Introductory Videos

These short, introductory videos and accompanying worksheets can help you get started with your project. They discuss how and where to find sources, how and why to incorporate historical argument and student voice, and how an annotated bibliography should look and function.

In-Depth Analysis Video Series

About the Theme

The theme changes yearly so students who do NHD every year will not repeat a theme.  The themes are intentionally broad to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local to global, and from ancient time to the recent past. Students need to 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.

NHD WebCentral is now National History Day's new 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!

Exhibit Creation and Submittal

Due to all of Nebraska contests being virtual, you will have the option to create a virtual or physical exhibit. Click below for the guide to create your exhibit submitttal.

Performance Creation and Submittal

Due to all of the Nebraska contests being virtual, all performances will be recorded. You have the option to record in any method, however we suggest you keep it simple. All performances must be recorded in one take. Click below for the guide to create your performance submittal.

Other Category Submittals

Documentaries, historical papers, and websites have the same submittal process whether the contest is virtual or in person.  Click below for the guide, including a video link on how to submit a video URL through a free Google account.

NEW Contest Rule Book

for 2021!

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

New Rubric Format

2021 Contest Guide Packet for Fall 2020

Nebraska Guide Packet

  • Information on the NHD Program and Meeting Nebraska Standards

  • Information on the 2021 Theme

  • Project Creation

  • Contest Details

  • Contest General Rules

  • Historical Sites and Museum Information for Nebraska

  • FAQ's

Click the button below to view sample projects

from the 2020 virtual State Contest!

5000 St Paul Ave

Lincoln, NE  68504

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