2021-22 Program Year

Two N.C. History Day students presenting their exhibit project.

2021-22 Program Year

It is our plan and hope for the contests that fall in the 2021-22 school year to take place in person. Please stay tune to this page for updates and feel free to contact us with questions or concerns.

Program Help and Presentations Available throughout the School Year

The N.C. History Day team is available to meet online with educators and/or their classes to introduce the program or to help with any stage of the process.  School and classroom visits may also be possible. Please contact us to discuss how we can help!  There are also options available for students to participate even if their school does not. 

The Annual Theme

Every year National History Day picks an annual theme to help guide students in their research and analysis.  The theme for the 2021-22 school year is "Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences."  As you consider possible topics related to this theme, check out the theme video and other resources to explore ideas:


2021-22 Theme Book  

Watch the 2021-21 Theme Webinar - Coming Soon! 

2021-22 Theme Organizer Worksheet  

N.C.. History Topic Ideas for 2021-22 Theme - Coming Soon! 

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.

For questions and help with the 2021-22 contest year, please contact the state coordinator.
Regional Contest Contest Date Counties Covered Sponsoring Organization


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

Central Piedmont

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


March 23, 2022 Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, Wilson East Carolina University

Northwest Piedmont

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


TBD Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson Cape Fear Museum

Southwest Piedmont

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


TBD Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey Western Office - N.C.. Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources

State Contest

The 2022 N.C.. History Day contest will be on Saturday, April 30th, 2022 in Raleigh.

Please remember that students must first compete at the regional level in order to qualify for the state contest.  If you have questions about the state contest and upcoming plans, please contact Karen Ipock, at karen.ipock@ncdcr.gov or (252) 639-3545. 

National Contest

The top two projects from each category at the state contest qualify to attend the national contest. The national contest takes place in June every year. More details to come about the 2022 National Contest, but the offical contest page can be found here.