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National History Day in Idaho

National History Day in Idaho 2018

Thank you students, teachers, families, volunteers, College of Idaho, and our sponsors. It was an wonderful day at the College of Idaho for the
National History Day State Contest. Please CLICK HERE to find the list of winners.

We would like to thank Governor C.L. "Butch " Otter and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney for proclaming April 14th as Idaho National History Day. To read the full proclamation CLICK HERE.











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. These projects are entered into competitions in the spring at local, affiliated, and national levels, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates at the national competition held each June at the University of Maryland at College Park.







For more Iinformation: 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.


 NHD 2018 Theme: Conflict & Compromise

This year’s theme, Conflict & Compromise in History, requires you to view history through multiple perspectives. Compromise can sometimes prevent a conflict, but what happens when it does not? If a conflict occurs, how can compromise help to end the conflict? What happens if a failed compromise leads to an even larger conflict? Throughout this academic year, you will need to ask yourself these questions and more.

2018 NHD Theme Book NHD - Conflict and Compromise

2018 NHD Theme Narrative

Sample Topics

Idaho Topic Ideas

Math & Science Topic Ideas


 National History Day Contests



 Newsworthy Events

Normandy Institute


 Renaissance High School teacher Janelle Gilson, and her student, Josh White, were one of fifteen 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 shortly 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 photographs from their trip to Normandy, and click here to watch their interview on KTVB's Viewpoint broadcase on July 31, 2016. The interview begings at about the 13 minute mark of the segment.


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