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The Massachusetts History Day State Competition 2018

The Mass History Day State Competition 2018 will be held:
Saturday April 7, 2018
Winchester High School
80 Skillings Road
Winchester MA 01890

To register, go to www.ma.nhd.org

  What is Massachusetts History Day?

Massachusetts History Day (MHD) is the state affiliate of National History Day (NHD), which is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students.

National History Day is an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12 that encourages exploration of local, state, national, and world history.  Each year more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest.  History day teaches students to:

  • Conduct in-depth research
  • Use primary and secondary sources
  • Work with libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews, and/or historic sites
  • Analyze and interpret their findings
  • Write and present their historical research

Students choose a topic that relates to an annual theme, research that topic, draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, and present their research in one of five presentation categories: Research Paper, Exhibit, Documentary, Performance, or Website. Students may then enter their projects into History Day competitions at school, local, state, and national levels. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.

In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, NHD also helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • research and reading skills
  • oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • self esteem and confidence
  • a sense of responsibility for, and involvement in, the democratic process


More than 5 million students have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine, education and countless other disciplines where they are putting into practice what they learned through NHD.

2018 Theme

  Conflict & Compromise in History


Massachusetts Regional Competitions:
Central West, South Shore, Northeast:  Saturday March 3, 2018
Greater Boston: Sunday March 4 2018

Massachusetts State Competition: Saturday April 7, 2018
Location: Winchester High School

National History Day Contest: June 10-14, 2018
Location: The University of Maryland/College Park

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And thanks!

Massachusetts History Day is sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society, Mass Humanities, and the Mass Cultural Council. 



Last Update: January 18, 2018
Webmaster: Kate Melchior, Massachusetts Historical Society