2018 Theme: Conflict and Compromise in History
Every year, National History Day frames students' research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year's theme is Conflict and Compromise.
The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding. The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students' historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time. Topics can come from any geographic area or time period. Local history and world history make equally good sources of NHD topics, and you can explore your interests from ancient history to more recent events.
Students need to think about a topic that will explore the theme for the 2018 contest. Students are forced to also ask questions of cause and effect, time and place, change over time, and impact and significance. They must ask not only when events happened but also why they happened and what their impact was. Students compete in either Junior (grades 6-8) or Senior (grades 9-12) divisions.
Students can present their knowledge in a variety of ways through the categories of Documentaries, Exhibits, Papers, Performances, or Websites. They may choose to work individually or in a group except for the Paper category where they must work individually. Projects should include an investigation into available primary and secondary sources, analysis of evidence, and a clear explanation of the relationship of the topic to the theme. The New Mexico State contest is April 27, 2018, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. If you would like more information, email Ellen Dornan, New Mexico State History Day Coordinator, at email@example.com or call 505-633-7372.
CENTRAL REGIONAL March 2, 2018 National Hispanic Cultural Center Albuquerque, New Mexico
NORTHWEST REGIONAL March 9, 2018 San Juan College Farmington, New Mexico
SOUTHERN REGIONAL March 23, 2018 Farm and Ranch Museum Las Cruces, New Mexico
Judge Info: Central Regional Contest
Judges' training begins at 8:00 am in the Salon Ortega. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Judge Info: Southwest Regional Contest
Judges' training begins at 8:00 am in the kitchen classroom. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Judge Info: Northwest Regional Contest
Judges' training begins at 8 am in room 9006 of the Henderson Fine Arts Center. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.