Welcome to the DC National History Day Contest

Important Dates & Times

District of Columbia National History Day

Monday, April 6 (Junior Division) and Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (Senior Division) 

National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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Excitement is in the air at the DC National History Day Awards Ceremony

What is National History Day? 

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history.

District of Columbia National History Day 2020

  • Theme: Breaking Barriers in History
  • The DC National History Day competition will be held at the National Archives and Records Administration 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 
  • Monday, April 6  - Junior Division (Grades 6-8)
  • Tuesday, April 7  - Senior Division (Grades 9-12)
  • Registration deadline for DC NHD competition - Friday, March 13 at 11:59 PM
  • Websites lock and papers due: Friday, March 20 at 11:59 PM 
  • National History Day will be June 14-18, 2020 at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD

 

 

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Student Workshops and Help Sessions 2019-2020

National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

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DC National History Day 2019-2020

 Mark your calendar for the following important dates for DC National History Day

 

Fall 2019 Student Workshops

  • Student Workshop - Saturday, November 9 – 10:00 – 1:00
  • Student Workshop - Saturday, December 7 - 10:00  - 1:00
  • Student Workshop – Saturday, December 14 – 10:00 – 1:00
  • Website Workshop – Saturday, January 18 – 10:00 – 12:00

Winter 2020 Student Help Sessions

  • Student Help Session - Saturday, January 25 – 10:00-3:00
  • Student Help Session – Saturday, February 8 – 10:00-3:00
  • Student Help Session – Saturday, February 29 – 10:00-3:00
  • Student Help Sessions - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Feb. 18, 19, and 20 – 10:00-3:00

DC National History Day Competition Dates

  • Friday, March 13 at 11:59 PM – Registration for DC NHD competition closes.
  • Friday, March 20 at 11:59 PM – Websites lock and papers due
  • Monday, April 6 – Junior Division DC National History Day competition
  • Tuesday, April 7 – Senior Division DC National History Day competition

 

Registration required for workshops and help sessions. Please contact Missy McNatt at 202-357-5121 or missy.mcnatt@nara.gov.

National History Day in Washington, DC, is administered by the National Archives with support from the National Archives Foundation

 

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Teachers - Encourage your students to attend a workshop or help session at the National Archives Washington, DC 

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DC National History Day 2019-2020

 Mark your calendar for the following important dates for DC National History Day

 

Fall 2019 Student Workshops

  • Student Workshop - Saturday, November 9 – 10:00 – 1:00
  • Student Workshop - Saturday, December 7 - 10:00  - 1:00
  • Student Workshop – Saturday, December 14 – 10:00 – 1:00
  • Website Workshop – Saturday, January 18 – 10:00 – 12:00

Winter 2020 Student Help Sessions

  • Student Help Session - Saturday, January 25 – 10:00-3:00
  • Student Help Session – Saturday, February 8 – 10:00-3:00
  • Student Help Session – Saturday, February 29 – 10:00-3:00
  • Student Help Sessions - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Feb. 18, 19, and 20 – 10:00-3:00

DC National History Day Competition Dates

  • Friday, March 13 at 11:59 PM – Registration for DC NHD competition closes.
  • Friday, March 20 at 11:59 PM – Websites lock and papers due
  • Monday, April 6 – Junior Division DC National History Day competition
  • Tuesday, April 7 – Senior Division DC National History Day competition

 

Registration required for workshops and help sessions. Please contact Missy McNatt at 202-357-5121 or missy.mcnatt@nara.gov.

National History Day in Washington, DC, is administered by the National Archives with support from the National Archives Foundation

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Please consider judging at the DC National History Day Competition

National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

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DC National History Day Competition 

Monday, April 6 - Junior Division

Tuesday, April 7 - Senior Division

Judges write constructive and helpful comments for students. 

Each year, over 2000 DC students immerse themselves in in-depth research to create original documentaries, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites exploring a breadth of historical topics within an annual theme.

As they progress through competitions at the school, state, and national levels, students rely on volunteers like you to evaluate their projects and help them to improve skills that they have developed throughout the process.

The National Archives and the National Archives Foundation thank you for offering to serve as a judge for the 2020 DC History Day competition on Monday, April 6, 2020 (Junior Division) or Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. nearly 350 students will arrive with History Day projects focused on the theme of “Breaking Barriers in History.”

While most judges include humanities scholars, teachers, university and college professors, archivists, librarians, and museum professionals, anyone who wants to support students in this exciting learning experience may judge. You can play an important role by volunteering as a History Day judge – reviewing student projects, interviewing contestants, selecting the winners to advance to the national contest, and providing constructive feedback. 

 

 

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Welcome DC History Day Volunteers

Monday, April 6, 2020 (Junior Division)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (Senior Division) 

National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C

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