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South Dakota History Day

National History Day in South Dakota: It’s Not Just A Day, It’s An Experience

2011 Theme: Debate and Diplomacy in History

2012 Theme: Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History

2013 Theme: Turning Points History - People, Ideas, Events.

National History Day allows students in grades 6-12 to explore a theme in history. During the 2008-09 school year, the SDHC began assisting the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum with coordination of NHD in South Dakota.

Students prepare projects in groups of up to five or as individuals through a:


  • documentary
  • exhibit
  • performance
  • paper
  • website


How to Participate

If you would like to learn about how to participate in History Day in South Dakota, please call us at 605-688-6113 or write to info@sdhumanities.org.

History Day 2012

The 2013 State Competition for History Day was held Wednesday, April 17, 2013 on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Students in grades 6-12 participated from schools around the state.  Students presented their projects to judge panels in the areas of Documentary, Research Paper, Performance, Website, and Exhibit.  Judges ranked projects with the top two in each category chosen to compete at the national level in College Park, Maryland. The 2014 NHD theme is "Rights and Responsibilities in History."

History Day 2013

The 2014 State Competition will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2014 on the campus of South Dakota State University. The 2014 National Competition will be held June 15-19 at the University of Maryland. The 2013 NHD theme is "Turning Points History - People, Ideas, Events."


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