This Year's Theme

Triumph and Tragedy in History

Every year National History Day frames students' research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year's theme is Triumph and Tragedy in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students' historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.


Read More about the 2019 theme from NHD

Important 2019 Dates for Students and Teachers

  • January 22 - Project Registration Opens
  • February 4 - 6:00 p.m. - Project Registration Closes; Website and Paper Projects Due; Flash Drive and Exhibit Board pick-up begins
  • March 13 - Senior Division Contest
  • March 14 - Junior Division Contest

Important 2019 Dates for Contest Judges and Partners

  • March 9 - Judge Training at Science History Institute
  • March 13 - Senior Division Contest
  • March 14 - Junior Division Contest