National History Day

School Programs

A High Quality Research Program

Louisiana History Day is an annual competition that encourages students to explore local, state, national, or world history by investigating and presenting on a topic of their choice. Students work either individually or in groups to take a deep dive into their topic, analyzing historical sources and gaining valuable research skills.

History Day projects can take a wide variety of forms: students can choose to write a research paper, develop a website, film a documentary, create an exhibit, or interpret their topic through a live-action performance.   

The competition progresses from individual schools to contests at the regional, state, and national levels. At each stage, students receive constructive feedback on their work, which gives them the opportunity to improve their projects and sharpen their skills as researchers and presenters. This experience is invaluable for young people headed for college and the workplace.

The National WWII Museum is the History Day affiliate for Louisiana. Regional competitions are held each year in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Monroe, New Orleans, and Shreveport. The state competition is held at the Museum in New Orleans, and the national competition is held on the campus of the University of Maryland near Washington, DC. Nearly 3,000 students compete at the national level each year—an experience they'll never forget.

For more information or questions about National History Day contact Adam Foreman, Student Programs Specialist at

2018 National History Day

Judge Registration

2018 Louisiana Contest Dates

View the Regional Map.

March 3, 2018: Baton Rouge Regional Competition
West Baton Rouge Museum

March 3, 2018: Shreveport Regional Competition
Louisiana State Exhibit Museum

March 10, 2018: Lafayette Regional Competition
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

March 17, 2018: Monroe Regional Competition
Chennault Aviation and Military Museum

March 24, 2018: New Orleans Regional Competition
The National WWII Museum

April 14, 2018: Louisiana State Competition
The National WWII Museum

June 10-14, 2018: National Competition
Washington, D.C.

WWII Student Ambassadors

NHD Senior Division students with strong experience in interviewing and documentary skills are invited to apply to become part of the 2018 WWII Student Ambassador Program, a partnership between The National WWII Museum and National History Day.

Applications are closed for 2018 and will reopen in the Summer for our 2019 team.

Learn more about WWII Student Ambassadors

Louisiana History Day is supported by:

The Selley Foundation

Irv & Bee Apatoff Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Broe

Price Philanthropies Foundation

Louise H. Moffett Family Foundation


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