Getting Started

What do I do first?
Read the rules. Before you begin work on an entry for competition, you, your teacher, and your parents should carefully read the National History Day Contest Rule Book. Make sure you contact your coordinator if you have questions.

Once I understand the rules, then what?
Read about the theme. Each year your research must connect to the NHD theme. To understand the historical importance of your topic you need to ask questions about time, place and context; cause and effect; change over time; and impact and significance. You must consider not only when and where events happened, but also why they occurred and what factors contributed to their development.

The theme for 2016 is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.
2016 NHD Theme Sheet

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