National History Day
Special Prizes for Maritime Projects
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded year-long educational program for middle- and high-school students that involves them in a competition to prepare a history project on a designated theme, culminating in state and national competitions.
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—either individually or in groups.
National Maritime Historical Society offers special prizes for maritime-related projects.
In order to encourage the study of our maritime history, the National Maritime Historical Society offers special prizes for maritime-related projects in 24 states - Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Don’t see your state listed here? Let us know you’d like your contest to be considered for next year!
Prizes for 1st Place
One each for middle and high school divisions: include a $100 cash scholarship (divided equally for group projects), a one-year membership in NMHS (which includes Sea History magazine), recognition on the NMHS website, and a certificate of achievement. The mentoring teacher also receives a one-year membership in NMHS and recognition on the NMHS website.
Prizes for 2nd Place
One each for middle and high school divisions: include a $50 cash scholarship (divided equally for group projects), a one-year membership in NMHS (which includes Sea History magazine), recognition on the NMHS website and a certificate of achievement. The mentoring teacher will also receive a one-year membership in NMHS and recognition on the NMHS website.
This year's National History Day theme is "Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas."
Merriam-Webster gives us several definitions of the word frontier, including:
- a border between two countries
- a region that forms the margin of settled or developed territory
- the farthermost limits of knowledge or achievement in a particular subject
- a new field for exploitative or developmental activity
That list covers a lot of possible historical research topics! To help students get started, NHD has made helpful booklets and videos with guidance on the theme, selecting a topic, and competition rules.
Do you have suggestions for maritime topics for this year's theme? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org! Are you planning a project around a maritime topic and want to be considered for an award? Let us know! >>