East Tennessee History Day

The East Tennessee Historical Society sponsors National History Day competition for the East Tennessee Region. This academic program is for students, grades 6-12. Students select a topic, conduct extensive primary and secondary research, and analyze and interpret their conclusions.

East Tennessee History Day

As the originator and coordinator of the East Tennessee Regional competition, the East Tennessee Historical Society advises and mentors teachers and students through all phases of the competition, from school to nationals. ETHS also is available to consult with teachers and schools on how to incorporate NHD into your curriculum.

The annual East Tennessee Regional competition takes place in early spring of each year at the University of Tennessee and is co-sponsored by ETHS and the University of Tennessee History Department. Additional support comes from the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Center, and Randy and Jenny Boyd.

For 2023, ETHS is planning an in-person competition for February 28, 2023 at the UT Student Union on campus. There will be a Plan B for virtual competition if necessary. The theme for 2023 is Frontiers in History: People, Places, and Ideas. For more information visit the East Tennessee Regional page on the Tennessee Historical Society’s Tennessee History Day website, the best site for materials, teacher and student resources, and professional development notices.

Tennessee History Day

ETHS education staff also works closely with Tennessee History Day state coordinators to share program information with teachers, sponsors, and students. Tennessee History Day is the state affiliate of National History Day.

Tennessee History Day 2023 is scheduled for April 15, 2023.

The national National History Day contest is scheduled for mid-June 2023. Visit the NHD website for more information.

National History Day

National History Day (NHD) is an academic program for students, grades 6-12. Students select a topic, conduct extensive primary and secondary research, and analyze and interpret their conclusions. They can choose to present their work through a website, exhibit, performance, documentary, or original paper. The contest begins at school level, with winners advancing to state and then to nationals. Teachers and sponsors involve students in NHD participation through school and system-wide competitions, history clubs, home school co-ops, and family groups.

An independent, national evaluation finds that NHD students perform better in a variety of skills important to life and employment success.

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