National History Day

A page within History

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 What is National History Day?

The College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities and the and History Department are proud sponsors of National History Day (NHD), a program that engages middle school and high school students in historical research and academic competition. Research begins in late fall, and culminates in school, regional, and state-level contests beginning in the spring.  NHD provides University of Wisconsin-La Crosse students the opportunity to engage with young scholars at a number of stages in the research and competition phases.  At UWL all history and history education majors and minors are encouraged to participate in National History Day.

The National History Day program at UWL is overseen by Assistant Professor Patricia Stovey. During the 2022 National History Day season, Dr. Stovey will be on sabbatical. The program at UWL will be overseen in academic year 2021-2022 by Professor Kenneth Shonk, who can be reached at or 608.785.6560.

National History Day -- 2022

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The theme for the 2022 National History Day season is "Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, and Consequences

Key Websites for Teachers and Students

Wisconsin Historical Society
National History Day
Library of Congress American Memory Project 
National Archives Digital Classroom
Internet Modern History Sourcebook (Fordham University) 
Smithsonian Museums
United State Holocaust Memorial Museum
La Crosse History Unbound

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

Photos from Previous NHD Regional Competitions at UWL