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National History Day in Michigan (Michigan History Day)
"It's not just a day; it's an experience!"
What is Michigan History Day?
- MHD is an annual academic competition for students in grades 4 through 12
- Kids compete in district competitions from February to mid-March. State finals are held in April.
- The Michigan Historical Center hosts the district competition for District 9 (central Michigan counties).
- MHD is designed to encourage students to explore historical subjects related to a broad annual theme determined by the National History Day organization. The 2011-2012 theme is Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.
- The experience can kindle an appreciation of the past by bringing history to life.
- Can compete as individuals or in groups of two to five students.
- Will learn the techniques of the professional historian and will gain skills they will use the rest of their lives.
- Develop communication skills.
- Build self confidence.
- Gain expert knowledge in historical subjects.
- Can express what they have learned through creative and original dramatic performances, documentaries, research papers or exhibits.
- Will meet students from other schools, exchange ideas and demonstrate the results of their work at district, state and national competitions.
- Can win awards and the opportunity to participate in the National History Day finals at the University of Maryland (grades 6 through 12).
Contact the Michigan Historical Center.