National History Day in Mississippi

National History Day 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.

To see a photo gallery from the 2014 NHD State Contest, click here. To see the results from the 2014 NHD State Contest, click here. To see photos from the 2014 NHD National Contest, click here.

Looking Ahead to National History Day 2015

The 2015 National History Day Contest is scheduled for June 14-18 at the University of Maryland at College Park. Find anything you need (theme sheet, theme book, sample topic list, instructional materials) at under classroom connection.

Best of State winners

Report on History Day Nationals 2014

Students, teachers and families represented Mississippi in the best possible way, leaving people from all over the world with a very positive impression of the state. Top winners included:

  • McComb High School Group Performance, 7th in the nation, also received 'Best of State' Award for Senior Division
  • Erin Sparkman, exhibit from Forrest County Ag High School, 9th in the nation
  • Brian Ko, Pascagoula High School website, 3rd in the first room (1 away from finals)
  • McComb documentary (Alan Wheat), 4th in the first room
  • Jon Franz, paper from Armstrong Middle School in Starkville, 4th in first room, 'Best of State' for Junior Division
  • Rachel Williams, librarian/teacher at Gautier Middle School, for serving as a judge

State Competition

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.  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.

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NHD in Mississippi State Contest

  • Saturday, March 21, 2015
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
    Liberal Arts Building
  • Due date for papers and websites: TBA

2015 National History Day Contest

  • June 14-18, 2015
  • University of Maryland, College Park