National History Day

What is National History Day?

The Missouri State University Department of History is proud to sponsor National History Day in Missouri Contest. Each year, more than three hundred students - grades 6 to 12 - from Region VII come to MSU's campus to present their research projects and compete for a chance to advance to the state contest at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Students will present original research projects in one of five competition categories: documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, or websites. Each National History Day project is unique, with students selecting research topics that range from local history to global issues. The National History Day program encourages students to present their findings their way, either as individuals or as part of a group.

National History Day gives a historically creative outlet for students through which they can learn to become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, and artists as they create their projects. Winners who have advanced to the state level have a chance to compete with other Missouri students to become delegates to the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest in College Park, Maryland.

MSU student internship opportunities

If you are an MSU student and are interested in taking part in National History, there are many opportunities available to you. The History Department collaborates with area teachers to offer a fall internship (45 hours, 1 credit course) for History students who are interested in working with middle or high school students in developing their history day projects. Interns would be paired with a collaborative teacher and help students with understanding NHD’s theme, choosing a research topic, finding primary and secondary sources, developing a thesis, etc. 

Register as a judge

If you are a member of the community with a passion for history, register as a judge for your regional contest.

Teacher Merit Awards

Past Competitions