National History Day
hands-on experiences offered by participating in National History Day,
today's youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future.
NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching
through project-based curriculum and instruction.
Montana's participation in National History Day is spearheaded by Montana
State University--Billings. For more information on joining in on the
excitement, contact Dr. Thomas C. Rust at 406-657-2903 or
. You can
also visit the
Montana History Day
National History Day website
2012-2013 theme is Turning Points in
History: People, Ideas, Events
ANNOUNCING a new prize for Montana
students! The Martha Plassman Prize is a
$500 cash award to the National History Day entry that best uses Montana’s
digitized historical newspapers. FIND OUT
Selecting a Topic
Many students successfully choose world or
national subjects for their National History Day projects, but we urge you
not to overlook local and state history. Montana history is full of great
topics for History Day projects. And remember:
- Local and state topics offer unique opportunities for original research.
- Students researching local and state topics sometimes make genuine
contributions to history through their work (because they break new ground).
- It is often easier to find primary sources for local and state topics.
- Local topics can offer the opportunity to learn more about your home and
the ties to your own life.
Armed with local resources and strong research, YOU become the authority on
your topic. Thus, your project can be more competitive than a topic that
many other students across the state or nation could choose.
Find a Montana Topic