National History Day teaches, prepares, inspires.

National History Day is an engaging and challenging
year-long educational program for students in grades 6-12.



Delaware National History Day contest at Gunning Bedford Middle School is canceled and will move forward as a virtual contest.

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National History Day teaches critical thinking, writing, and research skills and boosts performance across all subjects. Students learn 21st century college and career-ready skills such as learning to collaborate with team members, talking to experts, managing their time, and perseverance. NHD inspires students to do more than they ever thought possible.

Students will:

•    engage in research and interpretation of historical topics related to a theme
•    locate and utilize primary and secondary sources
•    hone their critical thinking by analyzing and synthesizing information from a variety of texts and documents
•    enhance their communication and presentation skills



A national evaluation of the National History Day program found that:

•    NHD students outperform their non-NHD peers on standardized tests in all topic areas, including reading, science and math, as well as social studies;
•    NHD students are better writers, who write with a purpose and real voice, and marshal solid evidence to support their point of view; and
•    NHD students learn 21st Century college- and career-ready skills, they learn to collaborate with team members, talk to experts, manage their time and persevere.

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Students choose a topic that relates to the annual theme, research the topic, and develop their research into scholarly projects that take the form of dramatic performance, imaginative exhibit, multimedia documentary, research paper, or website.  The process and implementation of National History Day in the classroom transforms your students into playwrights, artists, filmmakers, writers, and web designers as they create unique, contemporary expressions of history.

For more information about implementing NHD in the classroom please visit:




  Rule Book Rubric for Teachers

  NHD Rule Book Rubric 2020 NHD Theme Narrative  



Thank you to the following organizations for supporting National History Day Delaware:

Thank you for supporting National History Day Delaware


The Delaware Historical Society is proud to sponsor the National History Day program.
It is a privilege to support the contestants who work hard to represent Delaware on a national scale.
For more information about the National History Day program, please visit

National History Day


For more information about how you can participate in NHD in Delaware, please contact:
NHD in DE State Coordinator: |  302-295-2388



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