National History Day in North Carolina

North Carolina History Day is a program designed to promote an interest in history among students, and to assist teachers in teaching history more effectively. The program helps students develop skills in historical research, analysis, critical thinking, organization and presentation, as well as improve reading and writing skills.

Students use these skills to design an exhibit, write a paper, produce a documentary, create a performance or develop a website centered around an annual theme. An optional part of the National History Day program is competing with their project.  Students start at a regional level contest in order to qualify for contests at the state and national levels. At each level of competition, judges review the students' work and provide constructive feedback. Students are then encouraged to revise their projects based on this feedback for each stage of the contest. 

Explore Our Resources

We offer an an array of resources to help students and teachers get the most of the National History Day program and to help demonstrate the value of the program to teachers, students, parents and administrators. Use the tiles below to begin exploring what we have to offer.


Meet Our 2020 Finalists

The 2020 N.C. History Day contest was held in May 2020, and we are so proud of all who competed! Results from the contest are now available.

Check Out the Results

Can't find what you're looking for? Have questions about our program? Interested in having the state coordinator to come to your school or class to make a presentation? We're happy to help. Contact state coordinator Karen Ipock by email or at (919) 814-6639.

Thanks to Our Sponsors and Partners

We extend our special thanks to the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, which administers our program, and to our sponsors: the North Caroliniana Society and the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies. We also thank our partners at the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities.

National History Day in North Carolina is affiliated with National History Day.

Visit the National History Day Website

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