National History Day

NHD CCCContra Costa County - National History Day Competition 2023



National History Day, is a year-long educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics' significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. Specifically, National History Day - California is one of the largest state History Day competitions, takes place in 34 counties and reaches some 44,000 students each year, culminating in an annual state-wide contest with nearly 1,000 participants. National History Day - California provides an enhanced History Day program, including the elementary student 2-dimensional display category and the website category, which has become part of the national competition.


National History Day is open to all students in grades 4-12. All types of students participate in NHD; for example: public, private, parochial and home-school students; urban, suburban and rural students; English language learners, academically gifted and average students, and students with special needs.



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For more information and to register for the Contra Costa History Competition visit:


This year's Contra Costa County competition is March 4, 2023.
With continued COVID unpredictability, the competition may go virtual again, so we are asking everyone to follow the project format established last year for a virtual competition.

The NHD competition is ideally suited to independent research and project creation with minimal teacher guidance.
This NHD-CCC 2023 INFO gives your students help with researching and creating their projects, project examples, due dates, etc.

The project categories include:
  • Posters (Grades 4th & 5th only)

The following categories are for 6-12th grades:

  • Exhibits
  • Documentary Films
  • Historical Papers
  • Dramatic Performances
  • Websites
  • Podcasts (New Category for CA only)

Students can create their projects as an individual or as a group of 2-5 students.
Students with a website project should first open a new website account at NHD WebCentral before beginning the registration step.

The last day to register projects is January 31, 2023.

NHD of Contra Costa County winners will move on to the NHD-CA semifinals in May. Winners move on to the NHD-US finals in June.




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Contra Costa National History Day Coordinator Dr. Elena Songster



National History Day (NHD) is a premier competition that engages more than half a million students nationally.  As part of NHD, Contra Costa County History Day allows students to participate in authentic, challenging, project-based learning that lasts an entire school year.  Students select topics and research them as historians would – by using libraries, archives, museums and oral history interviews.  Their analysis and interpretations come together with the facts and evidence they've gathered to become their final projects.

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American Association for State and Local History

American Historical Association

Federation of State Humanities Councils

Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

NHD is sponsored in part by

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