National History Day
Welcome to our National History Day Information Center
The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Incorporated is proud to be a sponsor of National History Day in conjunction with the Ancient Order of Hibernians and will be providing awards to students who prepare an entry on an Irish theme which coincides with the overall theme established by National History Day.
The competition includes several categories in which projects may be entered, including: Exhibits, Performances, Papers, Websites and Documentaries. The requirements for each category are defined on the National History Day site at National History Day.
National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. The projects, exhibits, websites, documentaries and performances created by the students were all amazing.
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 that year’s 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. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.
The AOH and the LAOH, Inc., sponsor awards to the students incorporating Irish or Irish American History in their project. These prizes are awarded to two projects in either junior or senior divisions, in any category. These outstanding entries demonstrate excellence in the study on presentation of Irish/Irish-American History. The medals awarded with this prize are in honor of Commodore John Barry, USN (1745-1803), who was a native of Ireland and Father of the U.S. Navy. The Gold Medal Award is tickets for 2 to Ireland, the Silver Medal Award is $1,500. There are also several Honorable Mention Medals awarded.
The intentional selection of the theme for National History Day is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.
In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, NHD also helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:
- critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- research and reading skills
- oral and written communication and presentation skills
- self esteem and confidence
- a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process
The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest winners receive monetary awards and medals in each category.
- Gold medalists receive $1,000*
- Silver medalists receive $500
- Bronze medalists receive $250
*The gold medal winning projects in the senior division individual and group documentary categories receive The History Channel Award of $5,000 in place of the National History Day $1,000 prize. National History Day also recognizes one Outstanding State Entry from each state in the junior and senior divisions. There are also many other special Awards and Prizes, including scholarships. Theme sheets, sample topics and more are available for download at Annual Theme