National History Day in Mississippi

National History Day in MS logoNational History Day is a nationwide competition for middle and high school students.  It encourages students to use their creativity to develop original historical research focused on an annual theme.  The Department of History at the University of Southern Mississippi helps to prepare students for national competition and hosts the annual statewide contest.

The state contest for National History Day in Mississippi will be March 5, 2016 on the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss. Check back here in the coming weeks for registration details. More information on the 2016 theme, Exploration, Encounter & Exchange in History, can be found via the "2016 Resources" link to the right.

Students who participate in the state National History Day contest compete for the opportunity to attend the national competition in College Park, Maryland, and have the opportunity to win scholarships and other awards.  To participate, students create a project (group or individual) in one of five areas: video documentary, exhibit, paper (individual only), performance, and website design.  Students who participate prepare themselves for college by developing a better understanding of primary source research.  National History Day creates better students and citizens.

Click Here for a list of the 2015 State Contest Winners!


NHD National Competition 2015 

The 2015 National History Day Contest was held from June 14 to June 18 at the University of Maryland at College Park. Mississippi History Day was well represented once again at the 2015 National Competition. Students presented topics on Jonestown, Ulysses S. Grant, Irene Sendler, and more. Projects of note include David Crossler's General George Patton exhibit, which made it to the finals in the Junior Individual Exhibit category; and CiCi Zhang and Cameron Maddox's Senior Group Website on Stephen Hawking, which made it to the finals as well. Both of those projects also claimed the Best in State awards for Mississippi.

Members of the NHD Mississippi Delegation in College Park, Maryland in June 2015


Support for Teachers

The Department of History wants to help teachers by making National History Day a useful classroom resource, something that can enrich existing lessons and reduce the burden on already over-burdened educators.

Check out our NHD in Miss Handbook for Teachers, and then visit our resources page for more information on local collections of historical resources in your area. You’ll be surprised to see how many archives and local museums we have all across the state. 

In addition to putting teachers in contact with local archivists and museum directors, we offer workshops for teachers (with continuing education credit) and for students, run by faculty from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of History.  If you are interested in bringing National History Day into your classroom, let us know how we can help.

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