What is National History Day?
This yearlong education program is dedicated to enhancing history
education in elementary and secondary schools. Students in grades four
through 12 explore a historical subject related to an annual theme and
then use their research to create exhibits, original performances,
documentaries, websites and papers.
What do general volunteers do?
Volunteers assist participants and contest staff throughout the day.
Typical assignments include directing students and parents to rooms,
assisting staff at information tables and monitoring presentation rooms.
What do volunteer judges do?
Judges work in teams to interview students and evaluate student projects
based on their research and presentation. Judges’ comments provide
helpful feedback to students who advance to the next level of competition
as they revise and improve their entries. For students who do not advance
to the next level, judges’ comments are especially important as they
encourage the development of students’ research and presentation
skills for the future. Judges are typically comprised of college or graduate
students, teachers, professors, librarians, museum professionals or anyone
from the history and education professional communities.
What will be my time commitment?
For judges, the day begins at 8 a.m. with an orientation led by the event
coordinator over complimentary morning snacks and coffee. Preliminary
judging takes place from 9 a.m. until noon, followed by judges deliberations and lunch
- Child Development
- Exhibition Arts
- Teaching / Instruction
- Theater Arts
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 16
- Orientation or Training
- approximately six hours