National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded year-long educational program for middle- and high-school students that involves them in a competition to prepare a history project on a designated theme, culminating in state and national competitions. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries—either individually or in groups.
In order to encourage the study of our maritime history, the National Maritime Historical Society offered special prizes for maritime-related projects in several National History Day state contests.
Prizes for 1st Place (one each for middle and high school divisions) included a $150 cash scholarship (divided equally for group projects), a one-year membership in NMHS which included Sea History magazine, recognition in Sea History and on the NMHS website, and a certificate of achievement.The mentoring teacher also received a one -year membership in NMHS and recognition in Sea History.
Prizes for 2nd Place (one each for middle and high school divisions) included a one-year membership in NMHS which included Sea History magazine, recognition in Sea History and a certificate of achievement.The mentoring teacher will also receive a one -year membership in NMHS and recognition in Sea History.
Congratulations to all of the 2017 National History Day Winners!
Past National History Day Winners
2016 Winning Projects
Judges: For information on participating in future National History Days, please email email@example.com.