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Student at New Mexico National History Day Contest 2023

NEW MEXICO NATIONAL HISTORY DAY STATE CONTEST

WHO: 216 students from around New Mexico
WHAT: New Mexico National History Day State Contest
WHERE: The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.
WHEN: April 13, 2024, 9:30am–3pm; Judge orientation 8:30–9:30am
CONTACT: New Mexico History Day State Coordinator, Stephanie Wilson, HistoryDay@NMHumanities.org.

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A total of 216 students with 120 projects will compete in New Mexico National History Day at the University of New Mexico, marking our biggest state competition in years. Students, ranging from grades 6 through 12 and coming from a wide variety of schools across New Mexico—from Lordsburg to Farmington, from Moriarty to Silver City, to Santa Fe and Albuquerque and other communities—have prepared documentaries, exhibits, performances, papers, and websites over the school year. Their projects showcase their research and creativity, addressing various historical topics under this year’s guiding theme: Turning Points in History. The top two entries in each category will advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park, in June.

The awards ceremony will be emceed by New Mexico State Historian Rob Martinez and Celebrity Historian Raffi Andonian. In addition, Darryl Wellington, the former Santa Fe Poet Laureate, will give a living history presentation as he recreates the life and times of the preeminent Black novelist Richard Wright.

For more information, please contact New Mexico State National History Day Coordinator, Stephanie Wilson at: HistoryDay@NMHumanities.org

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ABOUT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY® (NHD):

NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students every year in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by, HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Crown Family Foundation, The Better Angels Society, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, and the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. For more information, visit NHD.org.

ABOUT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY® IN NEW MEXICO:

History Day in New Mexico is open to elementary, middle, and high school students statewide. The program is organized and sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council. NMHC offers online and in-person professional development for teachers as well as student events.