National History Day

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis delivering the opening address at the 2011 National History Day contest at the University of Maryland. (NPS Photo)

National History Day in Alaska

The National Park Service is the primary sponsor of the National History Day program in Alaska. A historian from the Alaska Regional Cultural Resources Team coordinates the program, which involves approximately 3,000 Alaska students each year. The National History Day program has affiliate organizations in all 50 states, American Somoa, Guam, DoD Schools Puerto Rico, DoD Schools Europe, and International Schools China.

National History Day is a theme based history education program for students in grades 6-12. Each school year students research a topic related to the theme and develop a project to present their research. Projects can be a research paper, documentary, website, performance, or exhibit. Students enter the projects in local contests. Winners of these contests advance to state contests and winners of the state contests advance to the National contest held at the University of Maryland each June.

The 2012 National History Day theme is Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History. Teachers may request a curriculum guide by contacting Darrell Lewis, the State Coordinator, at darrell_lewis@nps.gov.

Last Updated: October 18, 2011