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National History Day (NHD) Eligibility
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Do you know what that means? "NHD" stands for "National History Day" which is a nationwide history contest. CMHEC offers students the opportunity to participate in NHD, but it is not mandatory—students are eligible to advance all the way to the state level and win awards and scholarships for any topic in local history. Each year, the NHD office names a particular historical theme that students may use to frame their topic (e.g., Rights & Responsibilities or Conflict & Compromise….). "NHD eligible projects" must be based on local Chicago history. (Junior HF students may also look at Illinois history.)


Teachers must register projects as "NHD Eligible" in order to be considered. If they advance from the regionals, high school students are required to submit an essay to CMHEC in order to maintain their NHD Eligibility status. The essay must make the case for the project’s relation to the NHD theme and link the topic to U.S. and/or world history. Students will receive a copy of the NHD Essay Form with their scorecards from the regionals.

There are specific rules governing projects that are selected to represent Illinois at the National History Day in June. Students should expect to revise and improve their projects further to meet those requirements. CMHEC will be available to help students prepare for NHD.


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