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 history.idaho.gov/nhdi.
610 North Julia Davis Drive
Boise, ID 83702
Contest Day Information
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.
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