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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.

For information on project submissions, please see the 2024 National History Day​ page.

Before the contest, please read the Contest Guide to learn about the NHD-OC contest.

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​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.


Please e-mail us at​ for more information.