National History Day

School Programs

A High Quality Research Program

Louisiana History Day is a project-based learning experience that is an annual research and presentation competition for students in grades 6–12. It is a state affiliate of National History Day and is sponsored by The National WWII Museum.

Why should students and teachers participate in History Day?

It makes history engaging, relevant, and fun because it allows students to direct their own learning and showcase their creativity while building historical thinking and 21st-century skills.

By the Numbers

  • 600,000 students and 30,000 teachers worldwide participate annually
  • 5 categories – Paper, Exhibit, Website, Performance, Documentary
  • Up to 5 students can work together in a group (except for Papers)
  • 2 divisions - Junior (grades 6–8) and Senior (grades 9–12)
  • 3 levels - Regionals (February–March), State (April), National (June)
  • 1 annual theme but 1000s of possible topics!


Louisiana Regions

2023 Contest Dates and Locations

Baton Rouge Regional

Thursday, February 16

West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen

Natchitoches Regional

Saturday, March 11

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches

Monroe Regional

Saturday, March 11

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe

Lafayette Regional

Saturday, March 18

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve - Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette

Shreveport Regional

Saturday, March 25

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport

New Orleans Regional

Saturday, March 25

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans

State Competition

Saturday, April 15

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans

National Competition

June 11–15

The University of Maryland at College Park

Registration links for each region coming soon!



Start Your Project Here!

How to Create Your Project

Guidance for all categories and aspects of creating a project can be found on the National History Day website:

Teachers! Do you want to find out more about History Day? Do you want to receive important information and updates pertaining to the 2023 contest? Are your students going to compete this year? Would you like to judge at a contest this year so that you can understand the competition better before you start participating? Sign up today!

Social Studies Elective: Louisiana History Day Project-Based Learning

Louisiana History Day is proud to offer a social studies elective for Middle School and High School teachers across the state. Please note, the curriculum is only available to Louisiana teachers and cannot be shared outside of the state. Feel free to review the full class schedule.

For questions, please email

Request Curriculum

For more information or to ask questions about National History Day in Louisiana, contact the Louisiana State Coordinator at