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National History Day

The College of Letters and Science the Department of History and International Studies are proud sponsors of National History Day® (NHD), a program that engages middle school and high school students in historical research and academic competition. It encourages the study of history in schools in a creative forum.

Turning Points in History

2024 Theme

This year’s theme of National History Day, Turning Points in History, invites you to consider questions of time and place, cause and effect, change over time, and impact and significance.

A turning point in history is more than just an important event that happened a long time ago. It is more than a new idea or a particular action taken by an individual. A turning point is an idea, event, or action that directly, or sometimes indirectly, causes change.

Students choose their topic and a category for presenting, including:

UW-Stevens Point will host regional competition for the Central Wisconsin Regional on campus in 2024. Registration fee is $10/student. REGISTRATION OPEN SOON.

The National Contest at the University of Maryland is the culmination of the annual competition cycle and a celebration of student scholarship. After spending months on project research and preparation, and successfully competing at local and affiliate contests, student scholars are invited to share their work at the National Competition in summer 2024.