National History Day in Northeastern Wisconsin

Coordinated by Archives, Cofrin Library

An opportunity for students grades 6-12 to create a history project and compete at local, regional, state & national levels.


About Us


National History Day is an exciting academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. The goal of National History Day is to promote the study of history in schools by offering a creative forum in which students can express their scholarship.

National History Day teaches the skills individuals need for a successful future. The program's three central elements develop participants' abilities to:

  1. Complete extensive research
  2. Critically analyze and develop historical conclusions about information they have discovered in a variety of sources
  3. Present and defend their interpretations in a critical, yet creative forum.

Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students produce historical documentaries, exhibits, dramatic performances, websites, and research papers based on an annual theme. Students may participate in the national event cycle by presenting their research at a series of local, regional, state and national contest events. Their work is evaluated by historians, educators and professionals in related fields.

Northeastern Wisconsin Regional Contest

Coordinated by the Area Research Center, Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Contest held on the UWGB campus in the spring. Finalists from every category advance to the State contest.

State Contest

Coordinated by the Wisconsin Historical Society on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. Contest held on campus in late April/early May. Finalists from every category advance to the National Contest.

National Contest

Held in June in Washington, D.C.

Legal Stuff
Regardless of age division, the National History Day program is open to all students and teachers without regard to race, gender, religion, physical abilities, economic status, or sexual orientation. History Day does not discriminate against or limit participation by physically-challenged students. Student Contest Guides are available in Braille from the National History Day office. Coordinators at the district, state, and national levels will make every effort to accommodate special needs.