Vermont History Day is an exciting education program that encourages students to develop research and critical thinking skills through the study of history. It also provides students the opportunity to share their projects at the annual state contest. Vermont History Day is affiliated with National History Day.

 The program is open to Vermont students in grades five through twelve and home study students ages 10 to 18.

Working individually or in small groups (up to 5), students choose a topic related to the National History Day annual theme, which in 2019 is "Triumph and Tragedy in History." The topic can relate to Vermont history or US history or world history. Vermont History Day is a great venue for personalized learning.

Students conduct research online and in libraries, museums, and historical societies, and interview experts on their topic. Using evidence from primary sources, the students share their knowledge in the format of their choice: exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances or papers.

The entries are then judged by local historians, educators, and other professionals at the state contest. Through their work, students gain a deeper understanding of how people, cultures, and events affect the course of history. The 2019 state contest will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the University of Vermont, Davis Center in Burlington.

Information for teachers and home study educators

Information about Vermont History Day 2019 will be available in the fall of 2018.  The theme will be "Triumph and Tragedy in History."  Please check back in late September for more details.

Vermont teachers are encouraged to attend the National History Day Teacher Workshop at Fort Ticonderoga on Friday, October 12. This free workshop will include information about the program and the 2019 theme.

Watch the official NHD theme webinar to learn more about the theme and available resources for picking a topic.

Keith Harrington, teacher and Vermont History Day coach at Poultney Elementary and Poultney High School, is the NHD Ambassador for Vermont.  Check out his Vermont History Day Facebook page.

The Vermont Historical Society has developed resource materials for History Day. The VHD curriculum packet contains valuable information relating to the 2018 theme, "Conflict and Compromise in History," contest guidelines, and research resources. More resources are available on the National History Day website.

For additional information, contact:

Victoria Hughes
Museum & Education Manager
(802) 828-1413