National History Day

National History Day (NHD) in Georgia is a program of Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College. The state contest host is Mercer University. The aim of NHD is to encourage middle and high school students to engage more deeply in the historical process, through research and presentation of that research along with analysis. Promoting history and civics, NHD attracts thousands of participants each year. Under the guidance of a sponsoring teacher, students choose both their subject matter and final presentation vehicle: documentary, exhibition, paper, performance, or website.

Competitions occur at the regional, state, and national levels.

“It is inspiring to research and share untold stories with the public. I learned how to do that through National History Day.”

—Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, National History Day alumnus

Getting Started

The National History Day Mentor Program at LaGrange College offers valuable information on the LaGrange College website: http://www.lagrange.edu/academics/history/nhd/index.html. Find answers to common questions, and learn how to register for the program.

The state contest is held on the campus of Mercer University.

Regional competition sponsors include Augusta University; Clayton State University and the National Archives-Atlanta; Coastal Georgia Historical Society; East Georgia State College; Fort Valley State University; Georgia College; Georgia Southwestern State University; Kennesaw State University; Thomas County Schools; Troup Historical Society and LaGrange College; and the University of Georgia.