American Heritage Center logoThe National History Day (NHD) program is a year-long education program that culminates in a national contest every June. Wyoming History Day, administered by the American Heritage Center, occurs every year in April. National History Day engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and thought-provoking papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.

Schedule for 2021 Wyoming History Day virtual contest:

  • April 19: Last day for students to register for Wyoming History Day. Registration ends at 9:59 PM. No late registration. The link to register and to upload projects is at https://wy.nhd.org/

  • April 22 to 29: Judges evaluate all Wyoming History Day projects for preliminary rounds.

  • April 29 to 30: Judges evaluate projects for final rounds.

  • May 3: Zoom link for the WHD Awards Ceremony sent to participants and teachers.

  • May 5: WHD Awards Ceremony (time to be determined). After the ceremony, an email will be sent to all national qualifiers about registration procedures, deadlines, travel assistance funds, etc. for the National History Day contest in mid-June. The national contest is also virtual in 2021.

Program Resources

There are a number of ways to start preparing for next year's History Day contest. Follow the links to resources and recommendations for successful projects or how to get involved.

Current Theme & Topics

Each year, National History Day® frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2020-2021 theme is "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” The American Heritage Center has selected a wide variety of digitized materials from its vast collection of primary sources that can assist you with your History Day projects.

Need research help? Not finding what you’re looking for? Contact the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center at ahcref@uwyo.edu. The AHC is happy to assist you.

Keep an eye out for more topics to come!

Learn more about this year's theme