Sea History Today 1: National History Day Awards – 20 September 2018

National Maritime Historical Society Announces 20182019 Round of National History Day Awards for Maritime Projects

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Middle and high school students are tackling topics in maritime history! In  24 states and the District of Columbia, the National Maritime Historical Society will be offering cash prizes, memberships, and recognition to students in middle and high school divisions who submit winning maritime-related projects in the 2018–2019 National History Day competition. Students across the country are considering topics in their history classes now; forward this email to anyone you think might be interested in a maritime project!

Lauren Snodgrass_Logan Erickson_HawaiiSince 2011, NMHS has been sponsoring awards for students’ maritime-related projects in the National History Day program, which asks students to create an original website, exhibit, presentation, paper, or documentary relating to an assigned theme.  This year’s theme is “Triumph and Tragedy.”  Students can choose from a wide range of maritime topics—Christopher Columbus, German U-Boats, impressment of sailors, D-Day, and the rerouting of the Chicago River are just a few of the possibilities!

Thanks to the generosity of donors within NMHS, participation has expanded to 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.

First-place winners in middle and high school divisions receive a $150 scholarship, and first- and second-place winners receive a one-year membership in the National Maritime Historical Society (that includes Sea History magazine), a certificate of achievement, and recognition on the NMHS website. The mentoring teacher also receives a one-year membership in NMHS.

Please visit the NMHS National History Day page for additional information on the awards, suggested maritime topics, past winning projects and the NHD official guide. Email with any questions. Is there a student or teacher in your life? Let them know about this special opportunity!


Sea History Today is written by Shelley Reid, NMHS senior staff writer.  Past issues can be read online by clicking here.