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Taking a Stand: National History Day Engages more than Half a Million Middle and High School Students and Teaches in Historical Research and Skills Development

In June, more than 3,000 National History Day students descended on the University of Maryland at College Park to present their papers, documentaries, exhibits, performances, and websites on subjects of their own choosing. Their projects were the result of a yearlong effort to better understand history by studying primary and secondary source materials. Thirty middle school and high school students received NEH-sponsored first place awards, as well as prizes for best use in a student project of Chronicling America—a searchable online database of historic U.S. newspapers, digitized through a partnership between NEH and the Library of Congress. NEH’s “In the Field” series captured the event in this video. NEH currently supports National History Day through a cooperative agreement created in the Division of Education Programs and through its EDSITEment project for K-12 educators and students.