From Jeff Futch, Western Region History Day Coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources:
North Carolina History Day is a program designed to promote interest in history among students and to assist teachers in teaching history more effectively. The program will help students develop skills in historical research, analysis, critical thinking, organization, and presentation, as well as improve reading and writing skills.
The 2015 Western Regional competition will be held Saturday, March 21 at A.C. Reynolds High School in Asheville. The theme for 2015 is “Leadership and Legacy in History.” The National History Day 2015 Curriculum Guide can be accessed online and additional resources are available on the NHD website. Printed copies of the booklet are available on request – please email Lorraine Norwood at for more information.
The registration fee is $10.00 per student (including a cool t-shirt). Checks should be made payable to “WNCHA – History Day.” Registrations and payments must be received at the Western Office on or before March 6. Historical Papers and Web Sites are judged in advance and must be received by the registration deadline to allow time for judging.
Department of Cultural Resources Western Office
176 Riceville Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28805
Phone: (828) 296-7230 x. 222
Fax: (828) 298-4551
What is National History Day?
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students.
Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.
In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, NHD also helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:
- critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- research and reading skills
- oral and written communication and presentation skills
- self esteem and confidence
- a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process
More than 5 million students have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine and countless other disciplines where they are putting into practice what they learned through NHD.
The Department of Cultural Resources’ Western Region comprises Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey Counties.