National History Day is a fun event that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation and social skills.

For details of the theme of National History Day go to: National History Day Theme Book.pdf

Whether working individually or in groups, junior (grades 6-8) and senior (9-12) division students select a topic related to an annual theme. They conduct extensive historical research using primary sources, articles, and books, then distill their research and analysis into a dramatic performance, multimedia documentary, museum exhibit, website, or research paper.

National History Day and its state affiliate Washington History Day provide leading-edge training and curriculum materials to help educators meet and exceed education standards. Annual workshops help educators learn how to adopt National History Day in their classrooms, while also offering strategies that make history education interesting, exciting and fun for students.

Students may choose to compete in regional contests held in February and March, entering their project against others in the same division and category. Regional winners advance to the Washington History Day state contest, held in late April or early May. Students who finish in first and second place at State in each category go on to the National contest, held in mid-June at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Theme of National History Day 2018:
Conflict & Compromise in History

Photos from 2017 History Day


The 2018 Washington State North Puget Sound Regional Contest is March 10, 2018. The South Puget Sound Regional Contest will be held in March, 2018. Eastern Washington Regional Contest is February 2018. Central Washington Regional Contest is March 3, 2018.

For details on History Day, contacts and contests go to: and click on Contests

Washington State History Day Finals are Saturday, April 28th, 2018  at University of Washington,Tacoma -Washington State History Museum,Tacoma

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY Information can be found at The National Contest will be held June 10-14, 2018. See website for details, guidelines and curriculum.