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The Victory Gardens of WWII

Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!

The Science and Technology of WWII

Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world.

Operation Footlocker

Turn your students into history detectives as they ponder over the origins and uses of these intriguing pieces of WWII history.

NHD: Theme and Rules

2010-2011 Contest Theme

Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences

During the 2010-2011 school year, NHD invites students to research topics related to the theme "Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences." As is the case each year, the theme is broad enough to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local history to world history, and from ancient time to the recent past.

To understand the historical importance of their topics students need to ask questions about time, place, and context; cause and effect; change over time; and impact and significance. Students must consider not only when and where events happened, but also why they occurred and what factors contributed to their development. Description of the topic must also include an analysis of information and conclusions about how the topic influenced and was influenced by people, ideas, or events.

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to read more about the 2010-2011 NHD Contest Theme and explore a list of sample topics.


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About the NHD Contest Rule Book

Before you begin work on your entry, you, your teacher, and your parents should carefully read this booklet. This guidebook contains rules that you must follow to compete in any level of the NHD competition. More information on topics, sources, and deadlines is available from your state NHD coordinator.  Always contact your state coordinator to learn if any rules have been revised since the publication of this rule book.

The NHD Contest Rule Book on the Website has the same content as the printed version. You can click here and print the NHD Contest Rule Book. If you have trouble with the PDF file please e-mail NHD your address and phone number and we will send you a printed version.


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Who Can Participate?


The History Day program is open to all students in grades 6-12. All types of students participate in History Day—public, private, parochial, and home-school students; urban, suburban, and rural students; students of varying abilities; and students with special needs.


Teachers are the backbone of the History Day program. They serve as mentors for students and are encouraged to integrate the History Day program into their classroom curriculum. Teachers also benefit from resource materials, workshops, and the opportunity for professional development through the History Day program.


The support of parents is one of the most important factors in the success of students participating in the History Day program. Parents who encourage and facilitate students in their History Day journey often benefit as much from the process as do their children.


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