National History Day Student Research Workshop March 3

Middle and high school students who are interested in history are welcome to attend a National History Day (NHD) research workshop at the University of Maine on March 3.

Students, along with parents and/or teachers, will have the opportunity to meet with UMaine history faculty, graduate students and library staff from 2:30–4:30 p.m. on campus to help advance their research. Students can come with a fully developed idea or seek help starting a project for the national competition that encourages independent research.

The workshop will begin in Fogler Library, where students can discuss their research project, seek assistance with online database searches, and connect with experts who can point to primary sources in Fogler Library’s Special Collections and the Maine Folklife Center.

For more information about the workshop or to request a disability accommodation, email Liam Riordan at

More than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers, participate in NHD annually. Students choose historical topics and conduct extensive primary and secondary research related to the annual theme. Students present their work in the form of original papers, websites, exhibits, performances or documentary videos. Projects are evaluated by judges in a statewide competition, and state winners move on to the national contest in Washington, D.C.

UMaine is hosting the Maine National History Day competition March 28. Registration for the state contest is online and closes March 7. The national contest will take place June 14–18 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

More information about Maine National History Day is available on the UMaine website, Facebook and by contacting John Taylor, the NHD state coordinator, at or 207.474.7133.