Each year, more than half a million middle and high school students around the world take part in National History Day® (NHD). The program provides a fun, educational experience that builds research, critical thinking, and presentation skills and provides students with a chance to create an independent project focused on a topic they care about.   

The Alaska Humanities Forum is the statewide coordinator for Alaska History Day, working with partner agencies, educators, and volunteer judges to hold local and statewide contests in the spring from which students advance to participate in NHD's national contest in the Washington, DC area each June. 

PROGRAM CONTACT

Emily Lucy
Youth Program Coordinator
[email protected]


How it Works

Students work individually or in small groups to choose a topic that relates to an annual theme, conduct research, and then develop an entry in one of five presentation categories: research paper, performance, documentary film, exhibit, or website.

Get Involved

Students: You'll need to find an adult sponsor to participate and to register.  You should begin your project in the fall or winter to give yourself enough time to complete your entry by the regional competitions in March.

Sponsors: Students need to have an adult sponsor to serve as a mentor and provide support in selecting a project concept, designing their presentation, and connecting to resources. This can be a teacher, librarian, or parent if the child is home schooled.  
Learn more: contact Emily Lucy at [email protected]

Judges: Each year, we seek c
ommunity volunteers to serve as judges to review student projects and provide constructive feedback during the regional contests. Judges are a critical part of the learning and skill-building process of NHD. 

2022 Resources:

The NHD theme for 2022 is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.

National History Day

2022 Alaska State Contest Guide
NHD Contest Rule Book
NHD 2022 Theme Book
NHD Judging Rubrics

NHD Student Resources 

NHD Teacher Resources