National History Day

General information about the Maine National History Day Labor History Prize is at the bottom of this page.

Maine National History Day

Maine National History Day (NHD) is an annual event for teachers and students in grades 6-12 that promotes critical thinking  through project-based learning.  The 2023 contest theme is “Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.”

Visit the Maine National History Day page on UMaine’s History Website

Maine National History Day Winners

2023 Maine National History Day

“Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas”

  • Sr. Division 1st Place Winner:  Julia Burns from John Bapst Memorial High School for ” The Radium Girls of the 1920s”
  • Sr. Division 2nd Place winner:  Sadie Williams from Waterville Senior High School for “Working Women: Maine Female Shipbuilders During World War II”
  • Jr. Division 2nd Place winner:  Mary Hobbs from Scarborough Middle School for “Women Working in the World Wars: Frontiers in History”

2019 Maine National History Day

“Triumph and Tragedy”

The Bureau of Labor Education congratulates the winners of the 2019 Maine National History Day Special Contest in Labor History.

  • Sr. Division 1st Place Winners: Kristen Patenaude and Saige Collette from Buckfield Sr. High School for “Parents Against Tired Truckers”
  • Sr. Division 2nd Place winner: Lily Ebersole from Hermon High School for “Triangle Shirtwaist Fire”
  • Jr. Division 1st place winner: Graham Blodgett from Buckfield Jr. High School for “How the Maine Granite Industry Went from Flourishing to Forgotten”

2018 Maine National History Day

“Conflict and Compromise”

Senior Division

  • First Place Winner: Brian Williams for the documentary “The Dublin Lockout of 1913”
  • Second Place Winner: Rianne Gibson for an individual performance “The Invisible Imbalance: Laissez-faire Labor Laws”

Junior Division

  • First Place Winners: William Goroshin and Zoe Higgins for the team project “The Smothers Brothers vs. CBS”
  • Second Place Winner: Willa Galipeau-Eldridge for her website “After the War: Should Rosie Return Home?”

2018 National History Day in Maine Special Award Winners (PDF)

National History Day in Maine Labor History Prize

The Bureau of Labor Education is proud to award a first and a second-place prize in the Junior and Senior divisions of the NHD in Maine competition for projects with a primary focus on labor history.

Examples of suitable subjects include labor unions, worker cooperatives, strikes & lockouts, labor law, ideologies or groups focused on labor or the working class, e.g. the American Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations, AFL-CIO, Change to Win coalition, the Industrial Workers of the World, Knights of Labor, Communist, Socialist and Anarchist parties and the leaders and personalities of these organizations and related movements.

First and Second Prize for Junior and Senior Divisions

  • Recognition on the Bureau of Labor Education Website
  • Award certificate from the Bureau of Labor Education
  • Award letter from the Maine AFL-CIO
  • Complete set of BLE published books covering Maine labor history from 1636 to the present era.
  • In Addition First Place will also receive a $100 cash award!

For more information, the contact the Bureau of Labor Education