National History Day in Mississippi
National 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.
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 documenary, exhibit, paper (individual only), performance, and website design. To give you some sense of the variety of projects Mississippi students are working on, projects from the 2010 competition included a dramatization of the history of UPS, a documentary and an exhibit on the development of video games, a website on the evolution of musical tuning techniques, and an exhibit on the invention of rockets. Students who participate prepare themselves for college by developing a better understanding of primary source research. National History Day creates better students and citizens.
The program for the 2013 National History Day in Mississippi competition is now online.
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.