What is NHD?


“National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of contests at the local and affiliate levels and an annual national competition in the nation’s capitol in June,” (https://www.nhd.org/why-nhd-works).

Be a Part of History, Participate in South Dakota History Day 2019!

Participating students present their history projects through exhibits, documentaries, research papers, websites, and historical performances.  The 2018 National History Day theme Triumph & Tradgedy in Hsitory.  To get involved, please email. For further information on this years theme, please visit http://nhd.org/contest-affiliates/annual-theme/.

“National History Day is a nationwide curriculum program and competition with a community based approach that includes students, teachers, parents, historical societies, and museums. It is the only program of its kind that involves middle and high school students in an immersive, innovative learning program about US and global history—and it works with state and federal education standards for history and language arts. Teachers incorporate the NHD curriculum into their classrooms or offer the program as an extracurricular activity.  “(National History Day Works: National Program Evaluation Execuive Summary, 2011)


“NHD teaches critical thinking, writing, and research skills and boosts performance across all subjects. NHD students outperform their non NHD peers on state standardized tests in multiple subjects, including reading, science and math, as well as social studies,” (https://www.nhd.org/why-nhd-works) .


Picture_of_Team_South_Dakota_at_the_United_States_Capitol_wearing_National_History_Day_in_South_Dakota_T-shirts. They_are_pictured_with_Senator_John_Thune,_Senator_Mike_Rounds,_and_Congresswoman_Kristi_Noem.

On June 14th, Team South Dakota payed a visit to the United States Capitol! Pictured is Team South Dakota with South Dakota’s Senator John Thune, Senator Mike Rounds, and Congresswoman Kristi Noem.


South Dakota’s Junior and Senior Outstanding Affiliate Award Winners From left to right: Lauren Stiefvater of St. Mary’s Catholic School in Salem, SD, McKenzi Kruger and Leah Waid of Yankton High School in Yankton, SD.


South Dakota proudly represented at the NHD Parade of States at the 2017 National History Day National Contest, held at the University of Maryland, College Park, June 11-15.