National History Day


Contra Costa County - National History Day Competition 2024

This year's theme is Turning Points in History. Information about the theme can be found at:

ontact: Dr. Elena Songster, Contra Costa National History Day Coordinator

Contra Costa County (CCC) NHD Competition - Important Dates

Date: This year's CCC History Day County competition will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2024. 

Registration Begins: Friday, December 1, 2023

Registration Deadline
 Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Cost:  $50 per student

Documentaries, Websites, Podcasts Due:  Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Exhibits, Posters, Performances Due: Friday, February 9, 2024

Upload Papers by Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Historical papers – (**New**) Beginning with contests in 2024, registration and submission of all historical papers will follow a different format from other categories. Historical papers will not compete at county contests. Instead, papers will be directly submitted to the state contest by the teacher.
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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.

Go to the following link for more information on the Contra Costa County contest. 


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.


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.

NHD Medals

NHD is endorsed by

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

NHD     NEH      NPS      

Southwest .    ABA .    Jostens

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