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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

About the Theme

The theme changes each year so students who do NHD every year will not repeat a theme.  The themes are chosen to be broad enough to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local history to world history, and from ancient time to the recent past. Students need to being research with secondary sources to gain a broader context, then progress to finding primary sources, and finally make an argument about the effects of a topic in history.

Meeting Nebraska Social Studies Standards

The National History Day program teaches critical thinking, writing, research skills and boosts performance across all subjects.  It prepares students for college, career and citizenship.  It inspires students to do more than they ever thought they could.

"The standards ask the student to actively engage in history and develop good historical thinking skills that a well done "History Day" project can reflect."  


Comment by Harris C. Payne, Social Studies Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education

For the full report on the multi-year study using NHD in the classroom go to:  https://nhd.org//why-nhd-works

Contest Rule Book

This Rule Book includes: 

  • ​What is NHD? 

  • Program Overview

  • Rules For All Categories

  • Individual Category Rules

  • Information on How Your Entry will be Judged

Individual Judging Sheets for the different categories can be found when you click on the button!

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Nebraska Guide Packet

Download the Nebraska Guide Packet for a complete package:

  • Welcome Letter

  • Information on the NHD Program and Meeting Nebraska Standards

  • Information on the 2020 Theme

  • Project Creation

  • Contest Details

  • Contest General Rules

  • Historical Sites and Museum Information for Nebraska

  • FAQ's