STUDENT LEARNING EVENTS
Check here throughout the NHD program year for information on Google Hangouts, UCI Best Sources Workshop, Archivists’ Event and more.
To register click the title of the event:
First, find out if your school has an NHD program. You may check our list of
2016 Participating Schools to see if your school has a program.
Actual participation varies from school to school.
Some students participate through after school clubs and scouting programs, others participate as part of their history curriculum and still others participate on their own (with the help of a coach).
If your school does not have a program, you need to find a teacher or trusted adult who is willing to act as a coach for the NHD project year.
The coaches help their students with time management and serve as mentors as students conduct research and create their projects.
2017 NHD Theme: TAKING A STAND IN HISTORY
Each year NHD establishes an annual theme.
Students may begin to work on projects as soon as the NHD finals competition ends in mid-June.
The theme is purposely broad so that nearly any topic will work.
To learn more about this year’s theme, go to
Once you have an understanding of the theme, your next step in the NHD process is to choose a topic.
Student entries may address any local, state, national, international or global topic of interest that connects to the 2017 theme.
You will be working on this project for many months so make sure you select a topic that really interests you.
The topic should be narrow and researchable.
A topic such as exploration is far too large.
Instead, you should choose an aspect of exploration, for example, Columbus's Exploration, Encounter and Exchange with the new world.
Remember – topics and projects should be appropriate for fellow students (even young ones!) and parents to view.
The list on the NHD-CA website provides
Topics for History Day
by division (elementary, junior, and senior).
RESOURCES AND SAMPLES
Here are some RESOURCES that will come in handy as you begin working on your NHD project:
CONTEST INFORMATION AND DATES
The NHD-OC 2017 contest will take place on
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Orange County Department of Education.
The Awards Ceremony will be held on
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Orange County Department of Education.
*The Elementary Division awards will be given to champions on
Saturday, March 11, 2017.
Online Registration -
REGISTRATION OPENS "JANUARY 17, 2017"
REGISTRATION FEE - $60 PER STUDENT
Three entry categories require submission prior to the NHD-OC contest.
The submission date for the following categories is
Monday, February 20, 2017: