Each year National History Day chooses a broad theme for the competition. Regardless of the topic chosen, the presentation of the research and conclusions must clearly relate to the annual theme.


The theme for the 2009-2010 academic year is Innovation in History: Impact and Change.

2010 Theme Essay

Sample Connecticut History Topics


To register, click here, find your district contest, and follow the instructions on that page.

Download the list of 2009-2010 Dates & Deadlines

  • District Contests: Saturday, March 20, 2010
  • District Registration Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2010
  • State Contest: Saturday, May 8, 2010
  • National Contest: June 13-17, 2010

NHD Online Discussion 

Theme - Innovation in History:  Impact and Change
When:  Wednesday, December 2  3:00 – 5:00 pm EST
Where:  Logon to the NHD website, www.nhd.org. The exact location and instructions will be announced very soon!
Who:  All NHD participants. Students and teachers are especially encouraged to send us their questions! They will be answered by staff here at the NHD national office.
How:  Email your web site category questions to info@nhd.org starting on Monday, November 30, with “online discussion question” in the subject line. We will post answers to these on Wednesday at the start of the online discussion. From 3 – 5, you can participate in a live online discussion by sending questions to the same email, info@nhd.org and watch the answers post on our website.

What is History Day?

History Day in Connecticut is part of the National History Day program. This annual competition engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of researching and interpreting a historical topic of their choice related to an annual theme. Working individually or in small groups, students are encouraged to find primary and secondary sources on their subject through research in libraries and museums, interviews, and visits to historic sites.

Students use their research to create a project to share with the public at one of five district History Day competitions held across Connecticut in the spring. Local historians, educators, and other professionals judge the students’ entries, and winners are eligible to participate at the state competition held in late April or early May. State winners are invited to attend the National History Day contest at the University of Maryland with over 2,000 other students from across the country.

History Day in Connecticut is sponsored by the Connecticut Historical Society, whose mission is to inspire and foster a life-long interest in history through exhibitions, programs and Connecticut related collections because examining and understanding the past, and connecting the past with the present, provides a guide for the future. Please visit our website at WWW.CHS.ORG.