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National History Day, hosted in Washington by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), is a dynamic program for students in grades 6-12 that encourages them to become historians by fostering research, analysis, and presentation skills.

Each year the National History Day organization presents a theme. Students across the state select a topic of interest related that theme (for 2020 the theme is “Breaking Barriers in History”). Students work individually or in groups to conduct extensive historical research and create exhibitions, documentaries, websites, performances and research papers. Students may also elect to enter their work in History Day competitions throughout spring semester.

The Washington State Historical Society provides educational resources to help teachers and students meet and exceed standards.

Our curriculum, materials, and annual workshops support educators in incorporating National History Day in their classrooms. Public programming and mentorship offers students additional support in developing their projects.

For more information about our available education materials, please contact Molly Wilmoth at the Washington State Historical Society at molly.wilmoth@wshs.wa.gov or 253-798-5926.

For information about National History Day in general, and about upcoming competitions, please contact Hannah Tofte, Washington History Day Coordinator, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction at hannah.tofte@k12.wa.us or 360-725-6320.

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