Vermont History Day
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. 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 took place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the University of Vermont Davis Center in Burlington.
***Please note, we are continuing to add more pages about Vermont History Day and working to update information for the 2020 contest season. All information should be updated by the end of September. In general, the contest will follow the same structure and guidelines as the previous contest year.
The theme for Vermont History Day 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History.
For students who plan to create websites, NHD will be launching a new website-editor by November 1, 2019. The new editor will replace the NHDWeebly platform. Students will need to use the new editor and therefore will need to wait until November to start creating a website. Until then, students can focus on research and project planning.***
For further information, contact:
Museum & Education Manager