National History Day
NHD District, State and National Contests Update
National History Day in Iowa is dedicated to creating an opportunity for students to showcase their work, get feedback and be recognized within the limitations we have – but first and foremost, we want to keep all NHD Iowa participants safe. Due to COVID-19, the National History Day in Iowa program is working to prepare a 2021 contest schedule and protocols to protect all participants. The 2021 schedule and COVID protocols will be shared in the fall of 2020.
|View 2020 NHD Iowa District Contests Results|
|View 2020 NHD Iowa State Contest Results|
|View 2020 NHD Iowa Medalists and Finalists at the National Contest|
About National History Day
National History Day offers year-long academic programs that engage middle- and high-school students in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students enter their projects at local and state contests, with top students advancing to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.
As a participant you will choose a topic relating to the annual theme, apply critical thinking skills, conduct research using primary and secondary sources, analyze and interpret those sources, and create a project to present your findings in a creative way.
The National History Day program includes a progressive contest cycle open to students in grades 6-12 beginning with the district contests in February/March, state contest in April and national contest in June.
Volunteer judges are needed to help evaluate student projects and create a positive experience for Iowa's young historians during district contests across the state (February-March) and at the state contest on April 19, 2021 in Des Moines. All judges will be provided with online training prior to the contest. Volunteers must be 18 or older to participate. Sign up to participate.