The National History Day Mentoring Pr
ogram at LaGrange College

National History Day actively engages students in middle and high school in the historical process.  Over the course of the school year, students select a topic related to the year's theme.  They engage in a program of research, in both primary and secondary sources, designed to investigate their topic and answer specific research questions.  Their results are then presented through one of a variety of categories including exhibits, papers, documentaries, websites and performances.  All entries, regardless of category include a written component, known as the 'process paper' which discusses the reasoning behind the project, the research process and the significance of the topic to the theme.  Students must also prepare and submit an annotated bibliography.

National History Day students study the past in an active and dynamic way, developing skills that apply to all facets of their lives.  They learn the value of deep and critical reading.  Students analyze evidence, interpret data, draw conclusions and communicate them via written and oral means.  It is a true learning experience:  students learn, students experience, students grow and students achieve in ways even they thought unimaginable.

LaGrange College has co-hosted the West Georgia Regional NHD competition for decades.  In recent years, however, we have become increasingly aware of and sensitive to the pressures and demands placed upon teachers and students which restrict the amount of time and energy available to engage in deep, meaningful historical learning.  Our desire to help coalesced around National History Day.  We decided, during the 2008-2009 academic year to develop what is now called the National History Day Mentoring Program.  The program is multi-faceted and includes: teacher workshops, student workshops, research support and assistance, an electronic query service ( nhdhistory@lagrange.edu ) and forums via Twitter and Facebook .  Since 2012 we have been partners with the Georgia Humanities Council to offer educational outreach and NHD support service to the entire state of Georgia. 

Regional Coordinators and Contests

The State of Georgia has 10 NHD Regions, each conducting its own contest.  The state contest is held on the campus of Mercer University.  A full list of regional coordinators and contest dates can be found here



Contact Information

Kevin Shirley
Program Coordinator
Phone 706-880-8033
Email: kshirley@lagrange.edu

Contact the Program
Email: nhdhistory@lagrange.edu
Phone 706-880-8174