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.

Over the course of the school year, students select a topic related to the year’s theme and develop their projects through extensive primary and secondary source research. The NHD theme for 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History.

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.

Competitions occur at the regional, state, and national levels. The NHD Georgia State Contest host for 2020 is LaGrange College.


Connect with colleagues and support Georgia’s middle and high school students as they compete with their regional award-winning projects. Sign up to judge here »


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“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.

The state contest will be held on the campus of LaGrange College on April 18, 2020.

Regional competition sponsors include Augusta University; Bibb County School District and Houston County Board of Education; Clayton State University and the National Archives-Atlanta; Coastal Georgia Historical Society; Henry County Schools; Georgia College; Georgia Southwestern State University; Kennesaw State University; Robert Toombs Christian Academy; Thomas County Schools; Troup Historical Society and LaGrange College; and the University of Georgia.

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