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IHS Issues Call for Judges in Bicentennial Year NHDI Contests

Feb. 9, 2016
Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is issuing a call for volunteer judges to take part in the 2016 National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) contests. Judges are needed at four regional competitions in Notre Dame, Ind. (Feb. 27), Indianapolis (March 12), Evansville, Ind. (April 2) and Nashville, Ind. (April 9). IHS also is recruiting judges for the state competition on Saturday, April 23, at Ivy Tech's campus in downtown Indianapolis.
"Judging for National History Day is a fun and rewarding experience," said Matt Durrett, IHS coordinator of educational outreach and NHDI. "With so much negativity about the state of education these days, NHD is a way to meet some really cool kids who have taken learning into their own hands and created projects through a fun, educational program that works."
Student projects can be in the form of historical documentaries, exhibits, performances, websites and papers. At the contests, judges will work in teams to evaluate the projects, interview students and rank winners.
Regional winners will advance to state, with the top two entries from each junior and senior category at state becoming eligible to compete in The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in June at the University of Maryland.
Typically, NHDI judges have a background or interest in education, social studies or media. Teachers will be eligible for PGP credit from IHS. Those interested in volunteering can sign up online at www.indianahistory.org/history.
NHDI contests are sponsored by IHS, with support from Teachers Credit Union. For more information on NHDI and other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882.
About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization and an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programming.
2016 National History Day in Indiana Contests
North District Contest
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016
Central District Contest
IUPUI, Indianapolis
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Southwest District Contest
University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Ind.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
South District Contest
Brown County High School, Nashville, Ind.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
National History Day in Indiana State Contest
Ivy Tech, Indianapolis Downtown Campus
Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest
University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
Sunday, June 12 - Thursday, June 16, 2016