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Colorado History Day

NHDC Wall of Fame!

Isabella Bowland from Southern Hills Middle School won the bronze for her Junior Individual Performance, "From Press, to Public, to Politicians: Exploring the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: It's Impact on the Rights of Human Subjects and the Responsibilities of All in a Democratic Society."​

Congratulations to our Outstanding State Entries:

Breanne Barrett and Maria Meza (Gunnison After School Program) for their Junior Group Performance, "Happy Literacy Day, a Fantastical Trip of the Things He Did Say: The Footprints of Dr. Seuss" and Jennifer Jun (Fairview High School) for her Senior Paper, "Disturbing Comfort: A Violation of Rights and the Japanese Government's Denial of Responsibility" 

____________________2013 Winners_____


Hamilton Middle School student
Alexander Weissman won
the gold in 2013 for his Junior Paper,
"Pivotal Politics- The Marshall Plan: A Turning
Point in Foreign Aid and the
Struggle for democracy."

Fairview High School student Jessica Piper
and her teacher
Scott Peoples were all smiles when she received the gold medal in Senior Papers for her entry, "The Great Railroad Strike of 1877: A Catalyst for the American Labor Movement."
Denver School of the Arts teacher Barbara Allen poses proudly with Molly Maier
after she received the bronze medal in Junior Individual Exhibits for her project, "The Pill:10mg that Rocked the Modern

Contact Info

National History Day in Colorado

Mailing Address:
National History Day in Colorado
Department of History
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 182, P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Physical location:
King Center 517
855 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80204
History Department Office
(View the Map)
Phone: (303) 556-6647
Fax: (303) 556-6037


Click here​ to judge at the State Contest (5/2/2015)

Click here to volunteer at the State Contest (5/2/2015)

Topic ideas and resources

Click here​for fantastic Colorado topics from our partners

    • 100 Leaders in World History Project: A new, free, online resource for students and teachers sponsored by Kenneth E. Behring.  It is designed to help students think about the idea of leadership. The resource contains profiles of the 100 leaders, classroom resources, downloadable posters, lessons, and research links. In November the site will become interactive, asking students, teachers, and the general public to rate the leaders on five characteristics. Check it out today at
    • Rocky Mountain PBS: Discover Rocky Mountain PBS LearningMedia, a powerful online resource developed especially for PreK-12 educators. LearningMedia provides instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted interactives, videos, images and audio clips from PBS and public media partners. Best of all, it’s free.
    • Center for Colorado and the West at the Auraria Library: Check out these incredible resource guides pertaining to Colorado mining, Colorado Hispanic studies, and Colorado Native American studies
    • Teaching with Primary Sources Colorado: Themed resource can prove especially useful in the classroom. Our friends at TPS suggested the following in relationship to the 2015 theme: Abraham Lincoln, Flight and Early Aviators, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and Women's History.    


​Research Rendezvous: ​Students, teachers, and volunteers join us for these Research Rendezvous events to help students find
 unique sources and get feedback on their projects.

    • January 13, 4:00-7:00 pm- ​Boulder Public Library (Main Building, 1001 Arapahoe)
    • January 21, 3:00-5:00  -  Denver Museum of Nature and Science
      (Topics are specific)
    • January 24, 11:00-2:00- ​Boulder Public Library (Main Building, 1001 Arapahoe)​
    • January 25, 1:00-5:00  -  Denver Public Library, Central Branch. Students: Click here​ to register!
Click here​ for more information.

  •   ​​​Looking for project examples? Check out the example page from the national office
  • Interested in volunteering? Click here to fill out our interest survey
  •   ​Looking for an expert to interview on your topic? Check out our new Speaker and Interviewee Bureau. Click here for more information. Do you know anyone who might be interested in joining our Bureau? If so, contact Celeste Archer
  • Attention Teachers: Please contact us and we will help you to integrate History Day into your classroom.

  • What an Incredible Day for NHDC & CU Denver!
    The NHDC first annual fundraising luncheon was a great success! 300 board members, friends, donors, teachers, friends, and potential advocates for the program came to view amazing History Day student work & hear remarks from Senator Michael Bennet, DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg, and CU Denver Vice Chancellor Raul Cardenas. The funds and awareness will strengthen the reach and impact of the program! Join us next year!
  • NHDC 2014 Contest Results
    Team Colorado did very well at the National Contest! 36 Colorado projects competed in College Park, Maryland. We had 11 entries advance to final rounds (A new Colorado record) click here to see the final rankings. 
    Click here to see the State Contest Awards and Winners! Click here​ to see the State Contest finalists


A Very Special Thanks To:



Midge Korczak

Walter S. Rosenberry, III Charitable Trust














Guaranty Bank

Assured Equity Management Corporation



Triton Properties

Commerce Bank

Kendra & Eric Black


Amy & Shane Feiman​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



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NHD Receives
Medal From
President Obama

Feb. 13, 2012 -- National History Day (NHD), a year-long academic program focused on historical research for 6th to 12th grade students, was awarded the prestigious 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony.
Read the NHD Press Release
See the news story here!