National History Day in Kentucky

What happens when your students become researchers?

They will become excited by history, connect the past to the present and learn 21st century skills. Engage your students in learning. Incorporate National History Day into your curriculum. The Kentucky Historical Society can help.


National History Day in Kentucky (NHDKy) is an in-school program that is affiliated with the national NHD program. Students in grades 4 through 12 are eligible to participate in NHDKy.

  • Students pick their own subject to research, based on the national NHD theme
  • They present their findings in a format of their choice: paper, website, documentary, performance or exhibit
  • Teachers decide how to incorporate NHD into their classrooms
  • Teachers choose whether their students compete against other students across Kentucky for a chance to go to the national competition

Why National History Day?

(Hear what Kentucky teachers have to say)

KHS, the NHDKy Coordinator:

  • Provides assistance to you and your students, helping you navigate the project preparation process and prepare for competition at all levels
  • Provides free classroom materials
  • Hosts regional contests
  • Hosts the Kentucky state contest
  • Accompanies students to the national contest at the University of Maryland

NHDKy is a low-cost program that brings results.

Since 2012, NHDKy has had 11 national finalists, 5 special national award winners, 3 national medalists, 1 full-tuition recipient.

Get Involved:

You can be among more than 4,000 students and 45 educators who are part of NHDKy. Ask us how.

Click Here to Learn more about NHDKy contests and get resources to help you implement NHDKy in your classroom, volunteer to judge at contests and more.