2019 National History Day

2019 National History Day Theme: Triumph and Tragedy

2019 Regional National History Day Competition

NDSU’s Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies is bringing back the Fargo National History Day Regional! On Friday, February 15, 2019 in the Memorial Union, middle and high school students will present their projects and compete for a spot in the NHD state competition on April 12, 2019, at the North Dakota Heritage Center and Museum (Bismarck, North Dakota). Select winners at the state level will earn the chance to compete in the National Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park on June 9-13, 2019.


  1. To register as a teacher or student, click here: https://register.nhd.org/Contests
  2. Scroll down to North Dakota and choose NHDinND-SE (for the southeast/Fargo regional competition).
  3. Create an account and enter the required information.

Triumph and Tragedy in History

The NHD theme this year is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” According to the NHD brochure, “The Triumph & Tragedy in History theme is complex and requires you to view history through multiple perspectives. Can one person’s triumph be another’s tragedy? Can the same person or group suffer from tragedy and triumph at the same time? How does one ultimately triumph after tragedy? Can triumph lead to tragedy? Throughout this academic year you will ask yourself these questions and more, always looking for how and why.”

The competition is divided by grade level (middle and high school) and by categories. They can be completed individually or as a group. The categories are:

  • Documentary
  • Exhibit
  • Performance
  • Web site
  • Paper (individual only)

Want to volunteer to be a judge?

If you are interested in serving as a judge, please fill out the form here or contact the Fargo NHD Regional Director, Dr. Ashley Baggett, at ashley.baggett at ndsu.edu / 701-231-8299.

For more information about how to create a National History Day project, see https://www.nhd.org/how-enter-contest.

For more general information on National History Day, see https://www.nhd.org/node/14063.