Alaska History Day

The Alaska Humanities Forum is no longer coordinating the Alaska History Day contest. We worked over the summer of 2022 with statewide partners to find AHD a new 'home'. We're excited to share that this year's program will be coordinated by Rebecca Heaton and Leanna Prax Williams (UAF) with the support of the Alaska Historical Society. You can contact them at or The statewide contest will be held April 3 - 14, 2023.


Congratulations to all those who participated in the 2022 Alaska History Day Contest!

2022 Alaska History Day Contest Results - click here!

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.

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 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.

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.

Alaska Humanities Forum

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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