Important Update For NHD in Idaho Students:

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Idaho continues to evolve, the Idaho State Historical Society is actively monitoring the public health recommendations of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare ( and the CDC.

In order to provide the best experience for all our participants, all programming and events related to the National History Day in Idaho State Contest will be moving to a virtual format. This virtual format will still allow students to qualify to advance to the national competition.

All qualifying students will be able to compete at State without traveling to a central venue. Students in all categories will submit their projects to the contest electronically, and judges will evaluate the projects remotely.

Students can expect these changes:
– All categories will need to submit their projects for virtual judging by Friday, April 10. Please follow these detailed instructions for converting your projects to the prescribed virtual format.
– Student interviews will be waived for all categories. Because our judges will be working remotely, we would not be able to orchestrate consistent interviews. In this event, projects will stand on their own, as they already do in the final round.
– Virtual judging will take place from April 17-April 23.
– Results will be announced via email and on our website on or before April 30.
– The reception scheduled for April 10th at the Idaho State Museum is cancelled.
– Students will still receive a FREE Breaking Barriers in Idaho t-shirt. When you register, answer the question about your shirt size. To purchase ADDITIONAL t-shirts, you can add t-shirts to your “cart” in the “store”. T-Shirts will be mailed to teachers.
Click here for full details about the NHD in Idaho State Contest.

We appreciate your patience and consideration. Our goal is to provide the best possible State Contest experience while safeguarding the health and safety of our students, families, teachers, volunteers, and the larger community. We are prioritizing the health and safety of all participants above all else. Things are changing quickly each day, and we may again have to change our contest plans. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Johanna Bringhurst, State Coordinator
Ben Knapp, Associate Coordinator
National History Day in Idaho

National History Day 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. 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.

Thank you to our National History Day in Idaho sponsors!

Bates Family Foundation

Joyce Barnier and Bonnie Krupp

Boise State University

The College of Idaho

Nagel Foundation