We are proud to announce the 2015 National History Day theme is Leadership and Legacy in History. This is a great opportunity to consider important leaders across the spectrum of history: political, military, social, economic, global, regional and local. The resources for 2015 include:
2015 Theme Sheet.
2015 Theme Book
2015 Topic Possibilities
The National History Day Rule Book (New Edition)
The National History Day Mentoring Program at LaGrange College
National History Day began at Case Western Reserve University in 1974. According
to the University archive blog
, planning for the first event began the year before. Designed as part of
the Bicentennial celebration, Case Western Reserve University's History
Department Chair, Dr. David Van Tassel, led the way. That very
first History Day brought 125 students to the campus to share their findings and
revel in the excitement. What began at Case Western is now an international
program 35 years strong. More than half a million students, grades 6-12 from
all fifty states plus the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Schools,
American Samoa and International Schools in Asia participate. This past June
the national contest brought almost 3000 students to the campus of the University of Maryland.
The Program 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 then 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 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
) 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. The mentoring team consists of:
Dr. J. Cafaro, Professor of History (firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. L. Crutchfield, Asst. Professor of History (email@example.com
Dr. J. VanLieu, Asst. Professor of History (firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. K. Shirley, Professor of History and Co-Coordinator Ga NHD, (email@example.com
Mrs. B. Anderson, History/Social Science Dept. Assistant, (firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Partners include:
Laura McCarty, Vice President Georgia Humanities Council and State Coordinator, Georgia National History Day (email@example.com
Kaye Minchew, Director Troup County Archives and West Georgia Regional Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org
)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