The Massachusetts Historical Society is the sponsor of Massachusetts History Day, an affiliate of National History Day. More than 7,500 students in grades 6-12 participated in contests across the Commonwealth during the 2013-2014 school year. Seventy-one of those students (representing twenty-one different schools) advanced to the National Contest at the University of Maryland.
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 the local, state, and national level, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, NHD also helps students develop skills that are critical for future success, including critical thinking and problem-solving skills; research and reading skills; and oral and written communication and presentation skills.
Ready to begin? Follow these links to learn more about valuable MHS resources, this year's National History Day theme, or the competition process in Massachusetts.
Immerse yourself in this year's theme and discover resources that will help you research and create an amazing History Day project.
Learn more about using the National History Day model in the classroom, resources to share with your students, and how to participate in the competition process.