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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 2020 theme is Breaking Barriers in History.

The Mississippi History Day state contest will be held March 28, 2020 in the University of Southern Mississippi’s Liberal Arts Building. Teachers and students may register HERE. The deadline is Monday, March 9, 2020 at 5 p.m. Papers are due at the time of registration. Websites may be edited until March 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm before they are locked.

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 in specific guidelines.

Students can participate in one of five categories, which are organized in to two separate divisions, Junior Division (6–8 grade) and Senior Division (9–12 grade). The categories have individual and group options, with the exception of the paper category. Groups can have up to five members.

· Paper (individual only)

· Website (individual or group)

· Performance (individual or group)

· Exhibit (individual or group)

· Documentary (individual or group)

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
2020 Theme Book
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