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Getting Started with History Day

National History Day in Indiana enhances history education for students by challenging them to investigate a historical topic of their choosing and guiding them through the research process with a structured rubric. History Day is available to all Indiana students in grades four through 12.

In order to participate, students need an adult sponsor – a teacher or parent – to act as a program liaison and take advantage of the following services:

Request Information 

Sign up for the monthly NHDI Newsletter for teachers.

Download or request the National History Day in Indiana teacher packet, which includes a general information booklet and calendar, NHD theme book and theme sheet, NHD Contest Rulebook, NHDI participation form and student worksheets. Upon receipt of a completed participation form that indicates the number participating students, NHDI staff will provide each student with a free contest rulebook.

Schedule a School Visit

NHDI staff offers programs to fit the needs of teachers and students throughout the school year. Programs may include an introductory presentation to kick off History Day at your school, a discussion about primary sources, project design workshops or project consultations with individual students or small groups.

Library Nights

Once topics have been chosen and preliminary research has begun, schedule a Library Night at your local public library branch where NHDI staff assist students with research. Whether it is local, state, national or world history, we can help students track down the resources they need to help complete their projects. These informal sessions allow students, parents and teachers to come and go as they please with their questions and research needs.

Register for a District Contest 

Participation in the History Day competition is optional. However, students are encouraged to showcase their work at these public events. For details on district, state and national competitions, please visit the History Day Contests page.

To request a teacher packet, schedule a school visit or for other assistance, email nhdi@indianahistory.org or call (317) 233-9559.

 

National History Day in Indiana fulfills a number of Indiana Academic Standards:
National History Day in Indiana Academic Standards Connections for Youth Division (Fourth Grade)
National History Day in Indiana Academic Standards Connections for Youth Division (Fifth Grade)
National History Day in Indiana Academic Standards Connections for Junior Division (Middle School)
National History Day in Indiana Academic Standards Connections for Senior Division (High School)

 

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