The NHD program annually engages over a half million students in grades six through 12 from 50 states, the District Columbia, and American Samoa. Each fall students nationwide begin the year-long National History Day program, competing in a series of history contests in their local communities and states. The top students in each category are selected for participation in the national contest.
More than just a day, NHD allows participating students to choose their own topics of study and research from original sources based on a yearly theme. The 2017 theme is Taking a Stand in History. Students present their work in a variety of ways, by creating museum-type exhibits, video documentaries, original performances, or traditional research papers.
Over 300 historians and other education professionals evaluate the work of over 2,400 students at the National History Day contest. Over $250,000 in scholarships and cash prizes were awarded at the awards ceremony.
National History Day in Rhode Island is sponsored by the
RHODE ISLAND SOCIAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION