History Day California

It's What You Make It!

National History Day in California is a co-curricular program for students in grades 4 - 12 in all educational settings. Students engage in historical inquiry and analysis on a topic of their choice. Explore our website to learn more about the program, find resources for research and project development, or to connect with your local program.

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NHD-CA News & Updates

2024 California National Contest Champions Announced

June 13, 2024

MARYLAND – June 13, 2024 — Eight California entries were named national champions at the 50th Annual National History Day Contest held at the University of Maryland College Park Campus in the Washington, D.C. area […]

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2024 NHD-CA Champions Announced

April 23, 2024

After months of intensive research and success at district and county-level competitions, champions were recognized in Sacramento on Sunday, April 21st at California State University Sacramento, concluding the 2024 National History Day-California state competition. More […]

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Make It! Webinar Series

August 15, 2023

Register to Participate in Live Webinars or to Watch the Recordings History Day projects require students to use research, analysis, and historical thinking skills. Join us for this free, multi-part webinar series to introduce these […]

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Historical Paper Contest

August 1, 2023

CHANGES TO HISTORICAL PAPER CATEGORY Beginning with contests in 2024, registration and submission of all historical papers will follow a different format from all other categories. Historical papers will not compete at county contests. Instead, […]

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Make it Civics

Use your National History Day research to help meet some of the requirements for the California State Seal of Civic Engagement. The Civic Summit at History Day California provides students, grades 9–12, an opportunity to engage in civil discourse with other students on their topic.

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