National History Day

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    NHDNational 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 web site category, which has become part of the national competition.


    National History Day is open to all students in grades 4 through 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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    Click here to help students of Contra Costa County participate in National History Day through your tax deductible gift.

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


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    Contra Costa National History Day Coordinator Brenda Stutzman



    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

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