National History Day

Image result for national history day What is National History Day?


Schools from across the nation participate in an event called National History Day. Its primary purpose is to get students excited about all types of history while developing research, critical thinking, and presentation skills.  At Bangor high school, a main goal is for students to recognize that history is a part of their everyday life, with lasting effects on their world and community.  Students are able to achieve growth through their research and creative projects, including the development of research skills and academic writing skills.


9th and 10th grade student choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct 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 a medium of their choice including original papers, websites, exhibits, performances or documentaries. These projects are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by trained judges.


The theme this year


Students are required to choose an event to create a project relating to the current yearly theme. This year the NHD theme is Conflict and Compromise.


What is conflict and compromise?


According to the NHD website there is multiple ways to interpret this theme using an historical event


  1. An event that creates conflict and reaches a settled resolution/compromise

  2. A compromise that created a conflicting event

  3. A conflict that has never reached a compromise or a compromise that is still causing conflict.

  4. An event that had reached a compromise, but keeps resurfacing as a conflict.


They are encouraged to relate this event on its lasting impact. Click here for more information on the National History Day website