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2017 NHD Theme: Taking a Stand in History

2017 NHD Theme: Taking a Stand in History

2017 Theme: Taking a Stand 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 Taking a Stand in History. 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an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.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 2017 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 28, 2017, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. If you would like more information, call Ellen Dornan, New Mexico State History Day Coordinator, at 505-633-7372.

2017 Theme Book: Taking a Stand in History »

Choosing a History Day Topic »

Taking a Stand in New Mexico History »

2017 Thesis Development Worksheet »

Why Teach with a Theme? »

More 2017 Theme Resources from NHD »

Regional Contests

CENTRAL REGIONAL

March 3, 2017

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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NORTHWEST REGIONAL

March 10, 2017

San Juan College

Farmington, New Mexico

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SOUTHERN REGIONAL

March 24, 2017

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.

State Contest

NEW MEXICO STATE COMPETITION

April 28, 2017

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Map to the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque »

Judge Info: State Contest

Judges' training begins at 8 am in the Ballroom of the Domenici Education Building (where student registration is held). Lunch and refreshments will be provided.