National History Day Idaho

Bringing History to life for America's youth. National History Day Idaho is a division of the Idaho State Historical Society. NHD engages youth in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.

Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today's youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future. Call 208-334-2120 x19 for more details.

Operating as usual 04/16/2014

Students show off history knowledge CALDWELL — About 300 students from throughout the state gathered Saturday at The College of Idaho to participate in the 30th annual National History Day in Idaho competition.

[04/16/14]   This year National History Day in Idaho was a smashing success. Thanks to all the students and judges who participated! I hope everyone had a great day. Congratulations to all the State winners. Next stop: Nationals!

[03/12/14]   Ready or Not--the NHD State Final Competition is coming up soon. Mark your calendars for April 12th!


PPSP-2014-Program-Flyer.pdf - File Shared from Box

The Presidential Primary Sources Project is offering a series of videoconference opportunities in March and April. For more information go to A complete description of all the videoconferences available and how to register can be found there.

[01/21/14]   Hello everyone-just a few reminders about registration deadlines for regional competitions.

Entry forms for the Treasure Valley Regional are due by 2/5/14. Papers and websites must be submitted by 2/12/14.

Students must register for the South Western Regional by 2/21/14. Papers and websites must be submitted by 2/21/14 as well.

Students competing in the Eastern and Northern Regionals need to contact their regional coordinators for information on deadlines for entry into the competition and submission of websites and papers.

North Idaho-Angie Colburn [email protected] (208) 784-1311

Eastern Idaho-Rona Johnson [email protected] (208) 525-4403

[12/10/13]   In the early part of the 20th century most archeologists thought there was nothing more to find in the Valley of the Kings. Howard Carter believed differently and in 1922 his research and determination paid of when he uncovered King Tutankhamun's Tomb.

NHD competitions are fast approaching. Where will your research take you?

[12/03/13]   The NHD competitions are coming soon! The Treasure Valley regional final is 03/01/14, the South Western regional final is 03/08/14 and the State Final is 04/12/14. If anyone needs help registering to compete or would like to sign up to judge contact us at 208-344-2120 x19.

[11/26/13]   Anyone who needs help finding primary sources for their project should check out the state archives. The people who work there are experts in historical research. The archives can be a great resource! They are easy to find at 2205 Old Penitentiary Rd. Stop by and see what they have to offer.

[11/13/13]   National History Day in Idaho needs judges for the regional competition in March and the state competitions in April. If you would like to know more about this fantastic opportunity to get involved and help instill a love of history in students please contact Susan at 208-334-2120 x19.

[11/13/13]   Next Tuesday from 1pm-6pm is the opening of "Lincoln: His Legacy in Idaho" exhibit at the Idaho State Archives at 2205 Old Penitentiary Rd. There will be tours of the exhibition, guest speakers, a Lincoln impersonator reciting the Gettysburg Address, period music, and refreshments. Come on down and join in the fun!

[11/12/13]   Don't forget the webinar "Teaching Tools for NHD: Using the Resources of the National Archives" is today at 4 pm. Register at

[11/05/13]   Come in and check out the “Essential Idaho: 150 Things That Make The Gem State Unique” exhibition. This special exhibit at the State Historical Museum features 150 items nominated from organizations and individuals across Idaho representing Idaho’s diverse landscape, remarkable people, and fascinating history. It's fun (and interactive) for the whole family!

[10/30/13]   Teachers--

Students who participate in NHD perform better on high-stakes tests, are better writers, more confident and capable researchers, and have a more mature perspective on current events and civic engagement than their peers. Participants also show a greater ability to collaborate with peers, manage their time and persevere. Contact Susan if you want information on getting your students involved in this great program.

[10/29/13]   The “Introduction to National History Day” Webinar has been rescheduled for Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 3pm PT. This 90 minute presentation will help jumpstart your NHD program and connect you with the unique resources at the National Archives and Records Administration. This webinar is free but you must register. Go to to register.


Regional competitions will be here soon! There is still time to sign up and create a project for National History Day. This year’s theme is “Rights and Responsibilities”.

[10/16/13]   Hey everyone-Susan will be in North Idaho discussing National History Day on October 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. Call her at 208-334-2120 x19 if you would like to schedule an appointment. She still has some time available and would love to come talk to you and your students about this amazing program!

[10/16/13]   Due to the government shutdown, the National History Day webinars scheduled for Tuesday 10/22 with the Library of Congress and Tuesday 10/29 with the National Archives have to be postponed. As soon as these can be rescheduled we will post the information here. Stay tuned!

[10/08/13]   Susan Dittus, Coordinator National History Day in Idaho, will be heading to Northern Idaho on October 15th, 16th, and 17th. She will be visiting classrooms discussing the benefits of NHD. If you would like to have your school or class put on her schedule please contact at 208-334-2120 x19. There are still a few time slots available!

[10/08/13]   There will be an informational session about National History Day October 10 from 6:30-8:30 at the Idaho State Historical Museum. Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome.

National History Day Idaho Finals 2013 09/24/2013

National History Day Idaho Finals 2013




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