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.


Tentative Timeline



Introductory Workshops – "Making History Day Happen"

Optional – Attend only if you want to get ideas, tips and support from coordinators.


Classroom Presentations for Students

Optional – regional or state coordinator can come to your classroom and talk to your students about NHD and how to choose a topic, how to relate topics to the annual theme, how to conduct research, and how to create a good project.


November - January

Research Field trips to the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library & Area Research Center

Optional – Students can research on their own, or with the help of their teachers and school librarians.

Teachers can arrange for students to visit the Cofrin Library at UWGB to research in the Library and Archives, and to enlist help of librarians, archivists, historians, and experts in the fields of their topic. Topics must be submitted a minimum of a month in advance of the visit to allow the Librarians to identify appropriate research materials for the students. Many archival collections must be borrowed from other repositories around the state.

February & March

School History Fairs

Planning Guide

Optional – schools with a large number of participants hold a school contest to narrow down which entries will advance to the regional contest. Many schools do NHD with a small group of students, such as a group of Gifted & Talented students, a History Club, etc. so no school contest is necessary to determine which students advance to the regional contest.

Late March/Early April

Regional Contest

Late April/Early May

State Contest in Madison

For finalists of the regional contests.

Participating educators are invited to attend the State Contest to check out projects and talk to students and teachers. Educators will also have the opportunity to serve as judges at the event.

Optional – attend only if you want to see what it's all about.


National Contest in Washington, D.C.

For finalists at the state contests.