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 2022 is Debate and Diplomacy in History: Success, Failures, Consequences.

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.

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!


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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.

National History Day Georgia News

Winners of the 2022 Georgia State National History Day Contest are Announced

Once again our state National History Day contest took place virtually this year, but that didn’t stop the NHD Georgia community from committing to the hard work of historical research and presentation!

This year our state contest witnessed 426 students from across the state present 249 history day projects. These projects were evaluated by 122 judges to whom we are grateful for their time and expertise. All things tallied, the state of Georgia has 66 national qualifiers for the 2022 national contest.

Click here to see a list of this year’s state contest winners.

Congratulations, students and teachers! Let’s get ready for Nationals!

Henry County Student Selected for National History Day Georgia Fellows Scholarship

Congratulations to Imani Milligan of McDonough High School (Locust Grove, Georgia) for being awarded as the inaugural recipient of the National History Day Georgia Fellows Scholarship, given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the study of history. This scholarship provides a full-tuition scholarship, renewable for up to four years, to LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia, to a graduating senior from a Georgia high school or home school program, that qualified to participate in the 2022 NHD Georgia State Contest.

Georgia Teachers Selected for 2022 National History Day Georgia Classroom Award

The National History Day Georgia Classroom Award supports National History Day program efforts in high-needs classrooms. This award comes with a monetary prize paid directly to the educator for use in meeting their National History Day Classroom program needs and is sponsored by Alisa A. & Joseph B. Alonso and The Lafayette Alliance. This year three educators were selected: Mr. Matthew Cook of General Ray Davis Middle School (Stockbridge), Mrs. Kimberly Miles of McDonough Middle School (McDonough), and Mr. John Travis of Luella High School (Locust Grove).


Georgia Teachers Selected for 2022 Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award

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

The Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award is an opportunity to recognize teachers who demonstrates a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest. This year two teachers from Georgia were nominated to represent the state: Mr. Zachary Barfield of Ola Middle School (McDonough) representing the Junior division, and Mr. Chance Giddens of Troup County High School (LaGrange) representing the Senior division. Click here to read more below about Georgia’s 2022 Behring Teacher of the Year nominees.

Georgia Teachers Selected for NHD Historical Argumentation Spring Webinar Series

A Georgia teacher was chosen from a pool of all of NHD’s 58 affiliate programs.

Last month John Walker of Austin Road Middle School (Stockbridge) was selected by National History Day to be one of 120 teachers from around the world to participate in the Historical Argumentation Webinar Series. 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. Congratulations to Mr. Walker! Read more here.

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