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Maine National History Day

We had a fantastic 2014 statewide contest with over 350 people at the University of Maine on Saturday, April 12.  Thank you!

For more information about the 2014 contest (including a list of award winner, photos, and general information about the day), please click on the link below.

 Maine National History Day 2014

The National contest will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park (near Washington DC) from June 15 – 19.  The registration deadline for this event is May 20. 2014.  Maine National History Day qualifiers will have their registration fee automatically paid for through a generous donation by Joe and Suzanne Cyr.  For more information about the national competition click here.

Maine National History Day is an annual event for teachers and students in grades 6-12 which promotes critical thinking skills through project-based learning.  The theme for the 2015 contest theme is ‘Leadership and Legacy in History.’

Instructors can utilize Maine National History Day in their classrooms as a learning tools because it adheres to a variety of academic standards and teaches students presentation and critical thinking skills.  This project-based learning experience is an interesting way to make history fun for students of all abilities.

Students enjoy National History Day because it gives them an outlet to explore their own interests in history.  Students learn valuable skills as they are encouraged to obtain an understanding of the past through original research.  Utilizing primary sources, students create projects in the form of exhibits, documentaries, dramatic performances, papers, and websites for presentation at the Maine statewide competition.

Registration dates for Maine National History Day 2015 contest are to be determined. Your registration is not complete until all required information is submitted and payment has been received.  Please click the link below to see all online registration instructions.

Online Registration Instructions

For more information please contact Maine NHD State Coordinator:

John Taylor Phone: 207-474-7133 Email: 

Click the link below to read the national description of what National History Day is.

What is National History Day?

Event Information:

Maine History Day is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the University of Maine campus in Orono, Maine.

2015 Event Theme:

Leadership and Legacy in History!

Student Resources for Entering the Competition:

Click the link below to learn more about creating National History Day projects.

Creating an Entry for National History Day

Teacher Resources:

Click on the link below to view a list of teacher resources for Maine National History Day

Teacher Resources Website

Prior Winners:

Click the link below to access the Maine National History Day Winners Archive.

Previous National History Day Winners

Maine National History Day is co-organized by the University of Maine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library.  This year-long educational program for grade 6-12 students is made possible by the support of organizations and individuals throughout the state.  The major financial contributors this season are the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation, four units from UMaine, Orono (the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the College of Education and Human Development, the UMaine Humanities Initiative, and the Department of History), the Maine Humanities Council, the Maine Historical Society and National History Day.  In addition, donations of time and money from scores of schools, teachers, parents, students, and local historical societies and cultural organizations from across the state make the program possible.