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NSU hosts 2016 National History Day Contest - April 5

Northeastern State University’s College of Liberal Arts presents the 2016 District 8 National History Day competition on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in the University Center on NSU’s Tahlequah campus. The theme for the 2016 contest is “Exploration, Encounter & Exchange.”

“We are pleased to once again host History Day on our campus,” said Dr. Phillip Bridgmon, dean of the NSU College of Liberal Arts. 

“Our History faculty have worked hard to uphold the high standards for this outreach event that were established by recently retired professors Dr. Bill Davis and Dr. Brad Agnew. For decades, students from all over Green Country have come together to test their knowledge of history and share in the joy of learning with their peers.”

National History Day is not just one day, but a year-long program that makes history come alive. NHD is an exciting way to research and study history to learn about issues, ideas, people and events of personal interest. Area schools are invited to compete in two different divisions and five different categories.

The junior division consists of sixth through eighth grade students and senior division includes ninth through 12th grade students. 

The program allows students to express what they have learned in one of five ways; through a creative and original performance, documentary, research paper, website or three-dimensional exhibit. At this year’s NSU contest, 5th grade students are invited to participate in the exhibit or performance categories.

Every student who enters the District 8 contest at NSU will receive a certificate of participation. Students who place first, second or third at the district contest will receive History Day medals and are eligible to participate in the State Contest which will be held at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City on May 4-5, 2016.

Through NHD students learn the skills and techniques of an historian and discover new insights into history. At the competitions they will have the opportunity to meet students from other schools, exchange ideas and demonstrate the results of their research. Should they win at the district and state contests, students will have the opportunity to participate in the national contest that takes place in early June at the University of Maryland at College Park.

For more information regarding the contest please contact Dr. Iain Anderson, Professor and Chair of History, at or 918.444.3519 or visit the NHD website

Published: 3/31/2016 2:26:38 PM

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