The Alaska Humanities Forum will no longer be coordinating the Alaska History Day contest after the conclusion of the 2022 spring program. We've been working over the summer with statewide partners to find AHD a new 'home', and we hope to announce more about that in early Fall. For now, expect there to be a statewide contest that happens in the spring similar to previous years - registration in March and competition in early April.
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.
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.
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 February/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 homeschooled.
Contact the Program coordinator to learn more.
Judges: Each year, we seek community 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.
Registration: March 2023
Judging: Early April 2023
The NHD theme for 2023 is
Frontiers in History: People, Places, and Ideas
The Alaska Humanities Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that designs and facilitates experiences to bridge distance and difference – programming that shares and preserves the stories of people and places across our vast state, and explores what it means to be Alaskan.
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