National History Day

This workshop does not include research in the Whitney Library. Please contact the Library at (203) 562-4183 x15 or to schedule a research appointment.

Gretchen M. Gurr graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently Head of the Social Studies Department at Hillhouse High School, New Haven District Curriculum Developer for Social Studies, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut. She has participated in the Teaching American History Grant for 5 years.

National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest. 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 local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.

In order to participate in History Day in Connecticut, teachers and students must register online There is a $5 fee for the District Contest and a $10 fee for the State Contest. The deadline to register for the District Contest is February 8. The District Contests take place at various locations throughout Connecticut on Saturdays in March. The State Contest will take place at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday, April 27. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park. for more information.

In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, NHD also helps students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, research, reading, oral and written communication, and presentation skills, all of which are critical for future success.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings over 350 years of New Haven history to life. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or

Upcoming Events

Events on August 10, 2020
Starts: 12:00 am
Ends: August 11, 2020 - 12:00 am


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