Getting Started

For Students

To get started visit for information about:

  • Contest Rules
  • Annual Theme
  • Choosing A Topic
  • Conducting Research
  • Creating An Entry
  • Submitting An Entry
  • Student Resources
For Parents

Preparing a National History Day project is a very involved task for a student. Parental support is welcomed and encouraged.  Students need to research and analyze their topic to create an outstanding project and will most likely need parental help with transportation to a library or historic site. 

Help Students:
  • Encourage project progress
  • Be a sounding board for ideas
  • Help narrow the topic focus
  • Provide access to resources
  • Create a timeline
  • Assist with using tools (drills, hammers, and saws).  Students must design the exhibits/props/graphics and construct the project on their own.



National History Day projects must be the work of the student. For more detailed information on assisting with student projects, see the Contest Rule Book.

Students and parents do not have to spend a great deal of money to produce an entry very simple, low cost but well designed and researched projects will do just as well or better than costly designs.

Regional and state contests need volunteers and we invite parental involvement. We need building monitors, runners, and registration assistants for check in. Contact the regional or state coordinator for volunteer opportunities.