History Day


National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students.

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.

In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, NHD also helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • research and reading skills
  • oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • self esteem and confidence
  • a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process

More than 5 million students have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine and countless other disciplines where they are putting into practice what they learned through NHD.

There are two History Day contests within Green Hills AEA. The contest on the eastern side of GHAEA is sponsored and organized by Graceland University. Green Hills AEA has formed a new partnership with Council Bluffs Proud Past, Bright Futures to support History Day for the contest on the western side of GHAEA. Deb Masker from Kirn Middle School and Donella Pauli from St. Albert will work with Patricia LaBounty from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum and Diane Herzog from the Council Bluffs Public Library to organize History Day. Green Hills AEA will support the work through advertising of History Day and providing additional support as may be needed.

History Day 2017-18 will be held on:

West: Saturday, March 24, 2018
East: TBD


More information is yet to come. Please see the link below for the official rules, themes, and a plethora of additional information from the National History Day organization.

National History Day Website

National History Day Flyer/Information

 

 

Sponsors:  
West Side of AEA:
Council Bluffs Proud Past, Bright Future
East Side of AEA:
Graceland University                          
   
Community Contacts:  
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Kirn Middle School (Council Bluffs) 
Phone: (712) 328-6454, Fax: (712) 328-6554

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., St. Albert (Council Bluffs) 
Phone: (712) 323-3703, Fax: (712) 322-0399

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Council Bluffs Public Library
Phone: (712) 323-7553

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Union Pacific Railroad Museum & 
Council Bluffs Proud Past, Bright Future 

Phone: (402) 501-3841
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Graceland University                  
Phone: (641) 784-5361
   
GHAEA Contact:

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712-366-0503 or 844-366-0503