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National History Day

The 2017 WV State Competition for National History Day will be held:

April 8, 2017
WVU Downtown Campus

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National History Day (NHD) is an international, award winning non-profit education organization based in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD operates multiple programs that engage more than half a million middle- and high-school students and teachers around the world. The centerpiece of NHD is the  Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, held annually. 

National History Day offers budding historians the opportunity to complete a large, several-months-long historical research project, either alone or in groups. By participating in the program, students will gain valuable college and career preparation skills of collaboration, research, writing, and entrepreneurial thinking that comes from the study of history and civics essential for handling global challenges.

The project categories span a wide range. Students can create an exhibit, write a research paper, act out a performance, direct a documentary, or design a website. All projects must involve the current year’s historic theme: Taking a Stand in History

Each of the five categories will be judged, and the winners of the state competition will advance to the national competition in College Park, MD, June 11-15, 2017 . For more information on the national competition, please see the NHD Frequently Asked Questions page

School Participation Information

Individual schools within West Virginia will select entries that are to advance to the West Virginia State competition by either holding their own competition or other means of selection. We have set a limit of 3 entries in each category, for groups and individuals, per school.

Registration is now open! Please e-mail entries to

Registration will close March 1, 2017. 

Please Note:  All papers and websites are due March 8, 2017, so that judges may preview the entries. 

Please explore the links below to learn more about participating:

State Contest Information

The state contest will be hosted by West Virginia University through the collaboration of the  Department of HistoryWVU Center for Democracy and Citizenship Education, and West Virginia University Libraries, and and in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education.

State Contest Schedule

8:00 a.m. Student registration opens.
Students may begin setting up exhibits (all exhibits must be set up by 9:30 a.m.)
8:45 a.m. Judges Orientation
10:00 a.m. Judging Begins
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Public Viewing of Exhibits
3:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Campus Activities

We invite students, parents, and teachers to get to know WVU during the state competition. Students must be present when their entry is judged but are free to explore downtown Morgantown and campus before the award ceremony.

Faculty and students from the Department of History will be available at a booth near the registration desk from 10:00am-noon.

West Virginia and Regional History Center Tours (30 min. tour)

10:00, 11:00, 12:00, and 1:00

WVU Campus Tours (30 min. tour)

10:30, 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30

–  View Downtown Campus Map – 

Contact Information

For more information or questions about National History Day, or to schedule a school visit, please contact Nate Hess at

If you would like to visit the WV & Regional History Collection or have specific research questions, please contact Lori Hostuttler at

NHD 2016 state nationals

2016 National Participants. View Photos of the 2016 State Competition on Facebook!