National History Day in Kentucky (NHDKy), the state’s affiliate of National History Day, challenges students in grades 4 through 12 to think like historians. Students choose their own topics and conduct their own research in primary and secondary sources. They can work in a group or individually, depending on the format they choose for their final project, and they have the option to present their findings in NHDKy competition. Competition is not required, however. Instead, students might arrange to present their work in the school or in a local historical organization or library.
The Kentucky Historical Society coordinates this adaptable academic program. It is one of many activities from which Kentucky Junior Historical Society groups can choose, but students do not have to be KJHS members to participate.
As NHDKy coordinator, KHS
- Provides assistance to you and your students, helping you navigate the project preparation process and prepare for competition
- Hosts regional contests
- Hosts the Kentucky state contest
- Accompanies students to the national contest at the University of Maryland
2017 Regional Contest Dates
Region 1: March 31, Murray State University-Paducah
Region 3: March 18, University of Louisville
Region 4: March 4, Eastern Kentucky University
Region 5: March 25, Northern Kentucky University
Region 6: March 11, Morehead State University
Region 7: March 24, Southeastern Kentucky Community and Technical College
State Contest: April 22, University of Kentucky
To be part of NHDKy, contact Cheryl Caskey by email or call 502-564-1792.