This Year's Contest

The 2017 North Carolina History Day contest will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. When registration information for the state and regional contests is available, you'll find it here. 

2017 Theme

The theme for the 2016-17 school year is "Taking a Stand." Consider this theme an invitation to look across time, space, and geography to find examples in history of when people took a stand for what they believed in.

Read More About the 2017 Theme 

Click here to see NC topic ideas relating to the 2017 Theme.

Regional Contests

North Carolina is divided into seven regions for History Day competitions. Students must first participate in their assigned regional contest, then the finalists from that region will advance to the state competition.

Contest Date/Location Counties Covered Coordinator

March 17, 2017
Chowan University

Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans

Dr. Edward Snyder

Central Piedmont

April 1, 2017
UNC Greensboro

Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham,Vance, Wake, Warren

Dr. Benjamin Filene
(336) 334-5645

Njeri Jennings


March 23, 2017
East Carolina University

Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, Wilson

Dr. Christopher Oakley
(252) 328-1025

Northwest Piedmont

March 24, 2017
Surry Community College

Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin

Richard Shelton
(336) 386-3236


March 29, 2017
Cape Fear Museum

Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson

Amy Thornton
(910) 798-4355

Southwest Piedmont

March 3, 2017
UNC Charlotte

Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Richmond, Scotland, Stanly, Union

Victor Mack
(704) 687-8801


March 18, 2017
Western Carolina University

Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey

Jeff Futch
(828) 296-7230 ext. 222

State Contest

State History Day Instructions for 2017

Registration for the state contest is only open to qualifying students from regional contests.

Register for State Contest Here

You will also need to print and mail in the form below, along with your fee and other materials to:


4610 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-4610

Download the State Contest Signature Form