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 Saturday, March 25, 2017 on the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss.  


The 2017 National History Day theme is "Taking a Stand in History"

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.


NHD in Mississippi, 2016

Click Here for a list of the 2016 State Contest Winners! 


NHD in MS at the NHD National Competition 2016

"The 2016 National History Day National Contest was hosted at the University of Maryland from June 12-June 16. Some of Mississippi's best and brightest were on display as they displayed their history prowess to the world. Ellie Forsyth had her exhibit displayed at the National Museum of American History while CiCi Zhang and James Travis took home the Senior Best in State Award and Davis Magee took home the Junior Best in State Award. It was a pleasure to see the great work done by our students and the anticipation is building to see what they do in 2017."

Mississippi NHDers at Nationals in College Park MD, June 2016.


  • 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 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.

  • Support for Parents

We hope that you also will become involved in your child's learning and participation in National History day. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.


NHD 2017 Taking a Stand in History logo