Important Dates & Times

Monday January 18, 2021 at 12:01 AM
Friday February 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Monday February 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Saturday March 06, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Saturday March 06, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Saturday March 06, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Contest Rules

Download the new 2021 NHD Contest Rulebook

National History Day in Idaho

National History Day in Idaho (NHD) is a year-long student-led academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for 4th-12th grade students across Idaho. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history.  NHD in Idaho operates under the umbrella of the national program, and this will be Idaho’s 38th year of participation. It is one of the signature programs of the Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho State Museum.

Students who participate in NHD build skills that are key to success in college, career, and citizenship.  NHD teaches critical thinking, writing, and research skills. They learn to speak publicly, collaborate with team members, communicate ideas effectively with diverse audiences, manage their time, and persevere through challenges.

At the beginning of the school year, Idaho students in grades 4-12 (in public, private, tribal, parochial and home schools) research topics related to an annual theme using primary and secondary sources, and then present their findings in one of five formats: an informative exhibit, a dramatic performance, a compelling documentary, an interactive website, or a historical paper. The students’ topics may be of family, local, state, national, or world importance. Students are encouraged to analyze and interpret their information and draw conclusions as to the topic’s historical significance.

Once the projects are complete, the students compete in a series of contests beginning with regional contests in 5 areas of Idaho, and then the top two winners in each category of each age division advance to the State Contest at the College of Idaho in April. 

National History Day in Idaho is operated by the Idaho State Historical Society. Learn more at

Contact Us: 
610 North Julia Davis Drive
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-280-5190

Contest Day Information

Competition Schedule

Students projects will be viewed by judges in advance of the contest on March 6. 

Per NHD policy, there will be no student interviews this year.  

Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

NHD Judging Criteria

Historical Quality: 60%

  • Historical Accuracy
  • Historical Context
  • Shows Analysis & Interpretation
  • Uses available primary sources
  • Wide Research
  • Balanced Research

Relation to Theme: 20%

  • Clearly relates topic to theme
  • Demonsrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions

Clarity of Presentation: 20%

  • Project and written materials are original, clear, appropriate, organized, and articulate
  • Project is organized; visual impact is appropriate to topic





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