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History Unbound: National History Day

Join New York's National History Day Contest

National History Day®(NHD) is a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland.  Their annual contest engages students from grades 6 through 12 in original research and historical exploration.  Students enter these projects at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.

SCRLC's Digital Services Librarian, Claire Lovell, serves as the Regional Coordinator for NHD's Southern Tier Region, which includes Steuben, Schuyler, Tompkins, Chemung, Tioga, and Broome counties.  Regional Coordinators are found here.  Contact Claire Lovell to get your institution involved!


Each year, National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2021-2022 theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.  Download the 2021 Contest Theme Book here. 

Historical Argumentation Webinar Series

As part of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium, National History Day has developed programming to help engage NHD teachers and students with the vast resources of the Library of Congress.

Watch the webinars here.

Teacher Guides & Training

Diplomats of New York

Diplomats who were from or lived in New York State, plus some keywords about their tenure.

Regional Resources on the topic of Debate & Diplomacy from NY Heritage

Regional Resources on Debate & Diplomacy

This project is administered by the South Central Regional Library Council with funding from the Institue for Museum and Library Services.