National History Day

National History Day (NHD) Georgia is a program of Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College. NHD encourages middle and high school students to engage more deeply in historical research and analysis.

About National History Day Georgia

Over the course of the school year, students select a topic related to a yearly theme and develop their projects through extensive primary and secondary source research. The NHD theme for 2021 is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.

Under the guidance of a sponsoring teacher, students choose both their subject matter and a vehicle to present their research within the following categories: documentary, exhibition, paper, performance, or website. NHD attracts thousands of participants each year, and competitions occur at the regional, state, and national levels.

Judges for student projects at the state contest are needed now. Click here to get involved.

National History Day Georgia 2021 State Contest Announcement

The public health and safety of our contest participants, judges, and staff is a top priority of National History Day Georgia and our program sponsors, Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College. Due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the decision to hold the 2021 National History Day Georgia State Contest in a virtual contest format. There will be no in-person contest. Information regarding virtual deadlines and registration procedures will be sent out ahead of the state contest to registered schools.

Thank you for your commitment to National History Day Georgia, and we appreciate your support during this time.

The National History Day Georgia Topic Explorer

National History Day Georgia Topic ExplorerFirst launched in 2019, the National History Day Georgia Topic Explorer has been redesigned. It now includes more than 40 topic profiles grouped by categories, including individuals, groups, events, literature and media, and history and advocacy.

This online, interactive, and Georgia-inspired topics list is a collaboration between NHD Georgia, the New Georgia Encyclopedia (NGE), and the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG). Each topic profile includes an image, contextual information from the NGE, and sample primary sources from the DLG. Connect with Georgia history in a new way through the National History Day Georgia Topic Explorer!

“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 Georgia website offers valuable information.  Find answers to common questions and learn how to register for the program here.

Get Involved

Volunteers play a crucial role in National History Day Georgia at every level of competition. Learn more about how you can contribute to the National History Day experience in Georgia as a judge or as a day of event volunteer.

National History Day Georgia News

Georgia Teachers Selected for NHD Historical Argumentation Spring Webinar Series

The Georgia teachers were chosen from a pool of all of NHD’s 58 affiliate programs.

Four Georgia National History Day teachers were among 120 teachers selected for a National History Day spring professional development program. The Historical Argumentation webinar series is part of NHD’s membership in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium. Throughout the program teachers will be joining their colleagues from around the world in using Library of Congress resources to develop and support arguments. See the honored teachers below.

Mrs. Jennifer Henley (Morrow High School, Morrow) Read more.

Mrs. Heather Gillingham (Peachtree Charter Middle School, Dunwoody) Read more.

Ms. Addie Matteson (The Westminster Schools, Atlanta) Read more.

Mr. Jason Stafford (Bethlehem Christian Academy, Bethlehem) Read more.

Savannah Teacher Selected for National Professional Development Opportunity

Angelina Muskin is one of just 58 teachers selected for a new course focusing on online Library of Congress primary and secondary sources.

Angelina Muskin

Angelina Muskin

Angelina Muskin, a teacher at Hubert Middle School in Savannah, Georgia, is one of only 58 teachers selected for a National History Day® (NHD) fall professional development program. This new course focuses on using online Library of Congress primary and secondary sources to develop and support student research skills.

“This course has particular value now as teachers and students continue to address challenges of non-traditional learning settings required by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The crucial skills Miss Muskin is learning and honing over the course of this series will benefit her students for many years to come.”

For several months, Muskin will work with her peers around the country and National History Day staff to build knowledge for teaching with primary sources.

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Locust Grove Student Researches the Story of World War II Hero

Student Nicole Cortes is researching the untold story of Seaman First Class Lawrence J. Waszkiewicz, an American service member memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

Jennifer Coleman and Nicole Cortes

(L to R): Jennifer Coleman and Nicole Cortes

Nicole Cortes, a student at Luella High School, and her teacher, Jennifer Coleman, are researching the untold story of Seaman First Class Lawrence J. Waszkiewicz, an American service member memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Their research is part of Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute, a cooperative learning program coordinated through National History Day®, and sponsored by Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum, the USS Missouri Memorial Association, and Pacific Historic Parks.

This institute brings together 16 student-teacher teams from Hawaiʻi, American Samoa, and the U.S. mainland for a once in a lifetime journey through history. Each team selected a Silent Hero® who died in the Pacific Theater of Operations. They spend months conducting research and analyzing such primary sources as war records, draft cards, maps, letters, and, when possible, family interviews.

In June 2021, the teams will assemble in Honolulu to learn more about their Silent Heroes and the unique role Hawaiʻi played in World War II. While there, Cortes will deliver a eulogy at the Courts of the Missing for Seaman First Class Waszkiewicz at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. To complete this task, Cortes asks anyone who knew Seaman First Class Waszkiewicz, his family, or other sailors who served aboard the USS Fanshaw Bay to get in touch with Mrs. Coleman at jennifer.coleman[@]henry.k12.ga.us.

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