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 2019 NHD Winning Maritime Projects 

Prizes for 1st Place

One each for middle and high school divisions: include a $150 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 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 2020 is “Breaking Barriers in History”

2020 will be an exciting year for National History Day participants, with an abundance of maritime topics that fall nicely within this year's theme of Breaking Barriers in History!  Please see the 2020 NHD Theme Book for more information.

Are you planning a project around a maritime topic and want to be considered for an award?  Let us know! >>