Vermont History Day is an exciting education program that encourages students to develop research and critical thinking skills through project-based learning and 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
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.
The Vermont Historical Society offers resource materials to help you guide your students through participation in Vermont History Day. See Information for Educators for important details and links to useful materials, including contest guidelines and theme resources. The pages with Information for Students and Information for Homeschool Students also contain valuable materials. Additional resources are available on the National History Day website.
For further information, contact:
Museum & Education Manager