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National History Day in Idaho

2017 NHD

National History Day in Idaho 2017


Congratulations to all of the students and teachers who competed in this year’s state contest!  You should be very proud of all of your hard work and dedication!  Click here to see a list of this year’s winners!


National Qualifiers:

NHD National Contest Registration
2017 National History Day Contest
June 11 – 15 at the University of Maryland, College Park


This year, the National Contest Booklet and the NHD Online Registration Guide to the new online registration system are both online! To download a copy of each, simply go to  Click on the button entitled “National Contest Booklet” to download the PDF, which you can then print or save to your computer.  Under the Students tab, you will see a button for the “Student NHD Online Registration Guide,” while on the Teachers tab, you will see a button for the “Teacher NHD Online Registration Guide.” Click on these buttons to download the PDFs.

Read through the National Contest Booklet, the NHD Online Registration Guide, and the information on the website:  At the bottom of this webpage, you will see a link to access registration. This will take you to our brand new online registration system. Follow the step-by-step directions in the guide to proceed through the registration process. 

Paper entrants will submit the paper and annotated bibliography electronically by uploading the document to our server within registration AND mail in four copies. Detailed instructions are provided on the website.  Website entrants will include the site URL when registering. Websites must be published in NHD-Weebly by 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.


Important Dates to Remember

Registration Closing Date:  11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Website Lock-Out Date:11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Paper Upload Date:  11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Paper hard copies due in NHD office:  11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Completed Online Medical Form:  11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 






NHD in Idaho


National History Day in Idaho is an exciting way to engage students in history. The program pulls students out of the classroom and into the world of the professional historian. Students track down information about historic people and events by exploring archives, libraries, and other resources. This research leads to new insights and original conclusions that students use to prepare exhibits, documentaries, websites, papers, and performances. History Day is a great way to teach students critical thinking skills while instilling a lifelong love of history.

Curriculum and contest materials are distributed to NHD coordinators and teachers in the fall.  To receive current National History Day in Idaho information, contact your regional coordinator, or the Coordinator for National History Day in Idaho - Johanna Bringhurst,, or call (208) 780-5190.


National History Day 2017




Beginning in the fall, students will explore and research possible topics related to the the 2017 theme Taking a Stand in History.  The theme is broad enough to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local to world history, and from ancient times to the recent past. Students need to consider and analyze how the facts, specific causes, impact of taking (or failing to take) this stand, and historical context of their chosen topic relate to the theme. Go here to see the theme narrative and a list of sample United States, European and World history topics. Go here to see a list of sample Idaho history topics.

Click here to download a PDF version of the 2017 Themebook.  It is also available online at



2017 Contests

Thank you to all the students who competed in the regional contests!

Six Regional contests will be held in February and March 2017 at the following locations. Click on the "Contest" tab in the upper left corner of this web page for more details and for your region's registration links and information, or click here.
   Saturday, February 25
   Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
   Saturday, March 4
   Lowell Scott Middle School Meridian, ID
   Monday, March 6
   Rocky Mountain Middle School Idaho Falls, ID
   Friday, March 10
   Burley Junior High School Burley, ID
   Saturday, March 11
   Riverstone International School Boise, ID

   Saturday, March 18
   Idaho Arts Charter School Nampa, ID
The State contest was held at the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, on Saturday, April 15, 2017. 
The NHD National contest will be held June 11-15, 2017, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.


Newsworthy Events

Normandy Institute








Renaissance High School teacher Janelle Gilson, and her student, Josh White, were one of fiteen teacher-student teams across the country selected to participate in the 2016 NHD Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute. Janelle and Josh spent the school year researching the story of Silent Hero Ray O. Coffey, a combat engineer from Idaho, who gave his life in World War II shorly after the D-Day landings in Normandy. In June, they traveled to Washington D.C. to finish their research, and then journeyed to Normandy, France with the other teacher-student teams to visit the D-Day beaches, museums and historic sites. Their final stop was the Normandy American Cemetery, where Josh delivered a heartfelt eulogy next to Combat Engineer Coffey's grave. Click here to see some photos from their trip to Normandy, and click here to watch their interview on KTVB's Viewpoint broadcast on July 31, 2016. The interview begins at about the 13 minute mark of the segment.



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