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National History Day offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. 2024 is the 50th Anniversary of National History Day!

Since 1974, NHD has continuously improved history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. The largest NHD program is the National History Day Contest that encourages more than half a million students around the world to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. Students enter these projects at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.

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National History Day 2023-2024 logo theme, Turning Points in History - 50 Years


The 2024 theme is Turning Points in History. Find out more in the 2024 Theme Book (PDF), which includes multiple articles introducing sample topic ideas.

Contest Information and Dates

Find more information about contests taking place in your district, how to participate in National History Day and Maryland History Day, and details about project categories.

Research Materials & Resources

Ready to get started researching? The following trusted resources are a great place to start.

Pratt Library & State Library Resource Center

Other Local Resources

Not finding what you need in the Pratt Library collections? These local institutions may have helpful resources.

Online Primary Source Collections

If you'd prefer to conduct your research entirely online, the following collections of primary sources may be helpful.

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Social Science & History Department

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