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.

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National History Day MedalNational 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!

For information on your state contest, go to the NHD Affiliate page.  For information on participating as a judge, please email nmhs@seahistory.org.

See 2020 NHD Winning Maritime Projects

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.

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The theme for 2021 is “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

2021 will be an exciting year for National History Day participants, with many interesting topics to explore in the history of maritime communication!  The NHD theme book asks students to consider how people exchange information and interact with each other. Students have the chance to explore how the methods and modes of communication have changed over time, and how they have shaped the present. Major inventions like the telephone, the telegraph, and the television stand out in our minds as obvious examples of how communication has changed over time. Yet, communication is more than just these inventions. It is about how words, thoughts, or ideas are exchanged throughout history. Please see the 2021 NHD Theme Book for more information.

Do you have suggestions for maritime topics for this year's theme?  Let us know by emailing nmhs@seahistory.org!  Are you planning a project around a maritime topic and want to be considered for an award?  Let us know! >>