• What is National History Day?

    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 topic's 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 historians and educators. Winners advance in each level of competition, concluding at the national competition held in June each year in College Park, Maryland.  

  • This year’s theme, Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas, will allow students to research and create final projects as a poster, podcast, website, documentary, historical paper, performance, or exhibit. Learn more at National History Day: and National History Day – California: 

Elementary Division (Grades 4 - 5)

  • Suggested Projects

    • Poster
    • Podcast
    • Google Site
    • Google Slides

    *County-qualified projects: Poster or Podcast ONLY

    Students can compete individually or in a group of 2-5 students. Grades 4-5 students can advance to the California level competition.


Junior Division (Grades 6 - 8)

  • Suggested Projects

    • Documentary 
    • Exhibit 
    • Website
    • Performance
    • Historical Paper 
    • Podcast

    Students can compete individually or in a group of 2-5 students (excluding the Historical Paper project category). Grades 6-8 students can advance to the National level competition.