Welcome to the 2020 LoneStar Montgomery Regional Texas History Fair Registration Site!
Lone Star College-Montgomery History Day
This year’s theme is "Breaking Barriers in History"
Our event will take place on the campus of LoneStar Montgomery College
3200 College Park Dr
Conroe, TX 77384
February 22, 2020
What is National History Day (NHD)?
NHD, a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland, offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting and presenting original research on historical topics. Since 1974, NHD has continuously improved history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. It provides the organizational structure for students like you to enter contests at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the national competition at the University of Maryland at College Park.
National History Day (NHD) is a nationally acclaimed, year-long history education program that annually challenges 600,000 students and 30,000 teachers to ask amazing questions that uncover life-changing answers.
Students in grades 6-12 engage in research and interpretation of historical topics related to an annual theme. In the process, they hone their critical thinking and communication skills, and produce scholarly projects in the form of a dramatic performance, imaginative museum type exhibit, multimedia documentary, research paper, or website. After a series of regional and state contests, the program culminates with a national competition at the University of Maryland each June.
Benefits of NHD
National History Day attracts student interest through a contest in which students receive constructive evaluations of their work and compete for awards and recognition. But the contest is only one facet of National History Day. The program serves a variety of purposes and needs for classroom teachers and students.
Among the many benefits for students, National History Day:
- fosters pride in personal heritage and an understanding of the history of the nation and the world;
- inspires them to explore the world around them and to understand viewpoints different from their own;
- helps them to develop poise and self-confidence;
- gives them a creative outlet for their work, allowing them to use artistic, dramatic, literary, and musical abilities;
- encourages them to develop research, thinking, and presentation skills that they will use throughout their lives;
- provides them with an opportunity to interact with participants in history as well as with academic and public historians;
- respects their ability and stimulates them to strive for excellence; and
- lets them meet students from other areas and states in a fun atmosphere.
For teachers, National History Day:
- presents a model teaching tool for the classroom, based on active learning;
- meets the requirements of national and state history standards;
- provides an excellent assessment tool;
- integrates the study of history with other disciplines, including language arts, the visual arts, and social sciences;
- supplies curricular aids such as lesson plans and bibliographic guides;
- supports professional development by offering workshops and summer institutes that present the latest historical scholarship and new teaching methods and techniques;
- encourages them to interact with academic historians, librarians, archivists, and public historians; and
- involves families and communities in support of education.
National History Day currently is collecting data in a multi-year study of more than 2,000 students, grades 6-12, in four school districts in the nation. The research sites represent a cross section of American schools in diversity of setting (urban, rural, suburban), student population, and geography. To collect historical data (graduation rates, grade point averages, and standardized test scores) and current data on the impact of National History Day, each site met a requirement of at least five years of NHD participation. Several preliminary findings follow:
- NHD is for everyone. It appeals equally to a range of students. Early findings show a balance in gender, ethnicities, and academic standings among students who participate in NHD.
- NHD students appear to be out-performing their peers. Early results seem to indicate that NHD students achieve higher scores on standardized tests in all subject areas than their counterparts.
- NHD makes a difference in school success. Preliminary analysis suggests a positive link between grades and performance on standardized tests, and NHD participation. A comparison of GPAs and social studies, reading, and writing assessments to years of participation showed an upward trend, or higher levels of performance with each year of participation.
About the Contest
Through your participation in the contest, you will experience important benefits beyond learning about interesting issues, ideas, people, and events of your choosing. You will hone your expressive abilities as you demonstrate command of your topic and present your work in one of the competition’s formats: paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, or website. At the local and affiliate competitions, you have the opportunity to meet students from other schools, exchange ideas, and demonstrate the results of your work. Your success in researching and producing an NHD entry may even take you to the National Contest.
Each year NHD selects a theme for the contest. Although you may select a topic on any aspect of local, regional, national, or world history, your project’s research and conclusions must relate clearly to the annual theme. Be careful to limit the scope of your topic to focus on an issue that can be explained and interpreted within the category limits of size and time.
Effective NHD entries not only describe an event or a development, but they also analyze and place it in its historical context. To help you draw conclusions about your topic’s significance in history, ask yourself the following questions:
- How was my topic significant in history in relation to the NHD theme?
- How did my topic develop over time?
- How did my topic influence history?
- How did the events and atmosphere (social, economic, political, and cultural aspects) of my topic’s time period influence my topic in history?
- Why is my topic important?
Rewards for Participation
The most important rewards are the skills and new knowledge that you will acquire as you move through the NHD program. At each level of competition, outstanding achievement also may be recognized through certificates, medals, trophies, scholarships, or monetary awards. A number of special prizes may be given at the regional, affiliate, or national level.
The NHD competition has two divisions based on school grade. • Junior Division — grades 6, 7, and 8 • Senior Division — grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 Entries in each division are judged separately at all levels of competition.
You may enter one of nine categories:
- paper (individual only)
- individual exhibit
- group exhibit
- individual performance
- group performance
- individual documentary
- group documentary
- individual website
- group website
Each category in each division is judged separately. Groups may include two to five students. Group participants do not have to be in the same grade to compete together, but they must be in the same division.
Contact National History Day
4511 Knox Road, Suite 205
College Park, MD 20740
Telephone: (301) 314-9739