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. Students use these skills to design an exhibit, write a paper, produce a documentary, create a performance, or develop a web site centered around the annual theme. The History Day program also provides teachers with curriculum materials and training opportunities.
At district, state, and national history competitions judges review the students' work and provide constructive comments. In North Carolina, the state contest is administered by the Office of Archives and History with substantial assistance from the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies. National History Day in North Carolina is affiliated with National History Day.
The State History Day Contest will be held on April 24, 2010 in Raleigh. The National Contest will be held June 13-17, 2010 in College Park, Maryland. For more information, visit the North Carolina History Day web site.