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 skills through project-based learning. The 2016 contest theme was “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.” The next state contest will be hosted at the University of Maine campus in Orono on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
For more information please contact Maine NHD State Coordinator John Taylor:
Additional Online Resources for the competition:
News from 2015:
Forty-six of the top finishers at the Maine contest in 2015 were able to travel to Washington DC in June to compete at the national contest. Madison Albert of Greely Middle School in Cumberland Center was awarded the Women’s History Award and $1000 at the National History Day contest held annually at the University of Maryland. Her exhibit, “Race, Education, Equality and Resistance: The Leadership and Legacy of Prudence Crandall and the School for Little Misses of Color,” was chosen as the best representation of women’s studies among students from all over the United States and internationally. Madison also received the Salute to Courage Award and will represent NHD in Maine at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans during the grand opening of its new exhibit focused on the Pacific Theatre. Her all-expense paid trip will occur in December.
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 Center, and the Department of History), the Maine Masonic College, the Maine Humanities Council, and the Maine Historical Society. 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.
Please Donate to Support Maine NHD:
To make a tax-deductible financial contribution to Maine National History Day, please make your check payable to the University of Maine, add National History Day to the memo line, and mail it to: