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National History Day is a nationwide competition that encourages middle and high school students to creatively develop original historical research based around an annual theme. The 2019 theme is Triumph and Tragedy in History.

The Mississippi History Day state contest will be Saturday, March 23, 2019, in the University of Southern Mississippi’s Liberal Arts Building. Registration is $30 per student and includes a t-shirt and button. First and second place winners receive the opportunity to compete at the National Contest in College Park, Maryland. Third place finishers serve as alternates for the contest. There are also numerous special awards that give cash prizes for projects falling within specific guidelines.

Click HERE to register for the state contest.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History serves as Mississippi History Day’s sponsor in conjunction with the University of Southern Mississippi.

For more information, please contact our state coordinator:

Al Wheat
Director of Education, MDAH
State Coordinator, Mississippi History Day

Award Winning Mississippi Project Samples
USPHS Syphilis Study—1st Place Group Documentary
Jonestown: A Paradise Tainted—2nd Place Group Documentary
William Wilberforce: Reform of the Slave Trade—3rd Place National Winner, Paper

Resources for Teachers
National History Day
2019 Theme Book
2019 Theme Webinar
NHD Contest Rulebook
NHD Winning Project Examples
NHD Professional Development
Past NHD Webinars

Research Resources
Mississippi Department of Archives and History Digital Archives
University of Southern Mississippi University Libraries Digital Collections
Mississippi State University Libraries Digital Collections
University of Mississippi Libraries Digital Collections
Jackson State University Margaret Walker Center
National Archives
Library of Congress
Library of Congress Chronicling America