What is New Jersey History Day?

It's not just a day, it's an experience!

The New Jersey History Day program is an affiliate of National History Day (NHD), an exciting education program that engages students in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Either individually or in a group, students present their historical research on a topic related to the competition’s annual theme in the form of a performance, exhibit, documentary, website, or paper. These projects are then evaluated at local, regional, and state competitions that culminate in a national contest every June at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The History Day program is open to all students in grades 6-12.  All types of students participate in History Day - public, private, parochial, and home school students; urban, suburban and rural students; gifted students and students with special needs.

For more than thirty years the National History Day program has promoted systemic educational reform related to the teaching and learning of history in America's schools. The combination of creativity and scholarship built into the NHD program anticipated current educational reforms, making National History Day a leading model of performance-based learning.  

National History Day reinforces classroom teaching by rewarding students of all abilities for their scholarship, individual initiative, and cooperative learning. A national evaluation of the NHD program found that participants:

  • Outperform non-NHD peers on standardized tests
  • Are better writers, able to use evidence to support their point of view
  • Become critical thinkers who can analyze and evaluate information
  • Learn 21st-century college and career ready skills

Congratulations to our 2020 Winners!

2020 New Jersey State Qualifiers

Rutgers Camden State Qualifiers List

Monmouth University State Qualifiers List

Seton Hall University State Qualifiers List

2020 National Qualifiers from New Jersey State Contest

National Qualifiers 2019-2020

2020 National Winners

List Coming Soon!

Click here for Special Prize Information

Nancy Norris-Bauer
New Jersey State Coordinator

Email: norrisn@wpunj.edu