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National History Day

About National History Day

National History Day breathes life into the traditional history curriculum by engaging students and teachers in a hands-on and in-depth approach to studying the past. By focusing on a theme, students are introduced to a new organizational structure of learning history. Teachers are supported in introducing highly complex research strategies to students. When NHD is implemented in the classroom, students are involved in a life-changing learning experience." [2014 Curriculum Book, p. 3]

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest

  • Students choose historical topics in local, national, or world history related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites.
  • After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics' significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries.
  • These projects are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.


National History Day, Region 6 Contest
March 8, 2024

We will hold the contest at MSSU's Webster Hall and Billingsly Student Center.


2024 Theme Narrative

The 2024 Theme Narrative is Turning Points in History. Click here to download the 2024 Theme Book.

Click here to learn about the project categories.


Contest Registration

Click Here to Register.

Click here to download the official History Day Contest Rule Book.


Learn More About History Day

History Day in Missouri website

National History Day website

Questions? Contact:

William T. Fisher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History and National History Day Coordinator, Missouri Region 6
Missouri Southern State University
3950 E. Newman Rd
Joplin, MO 64801
Office: 417-625-3162 Fax: 417-625-3091

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