National History Day

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.


  • Students pick their own subject to research, based on the national 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

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, 4 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.

2018 Regional and State Contest Information

March 3: Highland Heights (NKU) Students register by Feb. 16
March 10: Morehead (MSU) Students register by Feb. 23
March 17: Louisville (UofL) Students register March 2
March 23: Cumberland (SKCTC) Students register March 9
March 24: Richmond (EKU) Students register March 9
March 30: Paducah (Murray Campus) Students register March 16
April 21: Lexington (state contest) (UK)

Register to participate or to judge here.

Learn more about the NHD program at the national level here.