Forney, Travis; Welcome to the National History Day Class Website
Photo: (l-r) Governor Terry Branstad and Kenadie Doty at the National History Day in Iowa state contest Monday in Des Moines.
Regional and state competitions developed in support of that first History Day fair. In 1980 the first National History Day competition offered students from all fifty states the opportunity to compete at the University of Maryland, College Park.
The National History Day in Iowa program has been coordinated by the State Historical Society of Iowa since 1994 and is sponsored by the State Historical Society, Inc., and the History Channel.
Certificate of Achievement from the National History Day Contest
National History Day is not just a day, but every day! The National History Day program is a year-long education program that culminates in a national contest every June.Photo: (l-r) Tori Nemesio, Governor Terry Branstad, Hannah Welch and Ali Welch at the National History Day in Iowa state contest Monday in Des Moines.For more than twenty-five years the National History Day program has promoted systemic educational reform related to the teaching and learning of history in America's schools. The combination of creativity and scholarship built into the NHD program anticipated current educational reforms, making National History Day a leading model of performance-based learning.Photo: (l-r) Alayna Mullinix, Kailee Tucker, Governor Terry Branstad, Jader Briggs, Kayla Johnson and Jeremy Bosse at the National History Day in Iowa state contest Monday in Des Moines.Photo: (l-r) Governor Terry Branstad, Autumn Bundy, Sarah Ritz and Isabelle Fegley at the National History Day in Iowa state contest Monday in Des Moines.A student must first prepare a project in one of the five categories associated with the National History Day competition. Upon registration at a regional level (Check with Regional Coordinator for information about fees and registration process), his/her project will be entered and judged in one of the regional History Day competitions. Each region, dependent on judges' evaluations, advances student entries to the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition.No. The National History Day Advisory Committee has designated a specific theme for each competitive year. Students are encouraged to be creative in their research in order to identify a topic that will fit within that theme. Each student must establish a clear relationship between his or her topic and that theme when being judged.The National History Day (page 1) defines primary sources as "materials directly related to a topic by time or participation. These materials include letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles from the time, oral history interviews, documents, photographs, artifacts, or anything else that provides firsthand accounts about a person or event. An interview with an expert ... is not a primary source. Quotes from historical figures in secondary sources are not considered primary." It goes on to define secondary sources as those that "are usually published books or articles by authors who base their interpretation on primary sources."