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Getting Started

First, find out if your school has an NHD program. Actual participation varies from school to school. Some students participate through after-school clubs and scouting programs, others participate as part of their history curriculum and still others participate on their own (with the help of a coach). If your school does not have a program, you need to find a teacher or trusted adult who is willing to act as a coach for the NHD project year. The coaches help their students with time management and serve as mentors as students conduct research and create their projects.

​Resources and Samples

Here are some resources that wil​​​l come in handy as you begin working on your NHD project:


Visit the Contest Rules page for additional guidance and information.

For tips on selecting a topic and conducting research, please visit the Project Resources​ page.

For information regarding NHD Recognition opportunities, please visit the NHD-OC​ homepage.



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