NATIONAL HISTORY DAY IN ARIZONA

National History Day 2021 Theme

National History Day Arizona Virtual Button featuring the State of Arizona and a Roadrunner

 

NHDAZ Events, Workshops, and Competitions

**All NHD 2021 Competitions at the Regional, State, and National level are virtual**
Central
  • Student Registration Opens January 1, 2021
  • Projects Due January 29, 2021
  • Award Ceremony February 13, 2021
Southern
  • Student Registration Opens  January 1, 2021
  • Projects Due February 5, 2021
  • Award Ceremony February 20, 2021
Valley of the Sun
  • Student Registration Opens  January 1, 2021
  • Projects Due February 12, 2021
  • Award Ceremony February 27, 2021
Northern
  • Student Registration Opens  January 1, 2021
  • Projects Due February 19, 2021
  • Award Ceremony March 6, 2021
State
  • Student Registration Opens March 6, 2021
  • Projects Due March 20, 2021
  • Award Ceremony March 27, 2021
Nationals
  • Virtual Competition, June 2021

2021 Theme – Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

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Learn more on the NHD website.

NHDAZ Students! We’re excited for another NHD cycle! Here you will find information about researching, how to access workshops, and other resources to help you create the best project possible! 

PLEASE NOTE: This year’s competition cycle will be mostly digital and we will be meeting via Google Meet. Please do not share the Google Meet link with anyone. 

Find Your Contest Portal

PLEASE NOTE: This year’s competition cycle will be mostly digital and students will be meeting via Google Meet. Please do not share the Google Meet link with anyone to protect the privacy of the students.

Find Your Contest Portal

PLEASE NOTE: This year’s competition cycle will be mostly digital and students will be meeting via Google Meet. Please do not share the Google Meet link with anyone to protect the privacy of the students.

Find Your Contest Portal

Judges play a key role in National History Day Arizona and will be needed in 2021! Contact [email protected] for more information.

Coming soon: New Judging Rubric, Training Materials, and more!

This year’s National History Day theme is “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” You can interpret this very literally, thinking about the history of communication technology, or you can be more figurative, thinking about how advertisements communicate fashion trends, for example.

Some things to consider when connecting Arizona and communication history:

  • Arizona has always been a diverse place–how did people communicate when they didn’t speak the same language?
  • How did people preserve their history without writing it down?
  • Arizona is a huge place: how did people communicate over large distances? How did “space-time” contribute to mis/understandings? What happened to communication when space-time was increased or decreased?

Did you know…

  • Senator Barry Goldwater used his ham radio to connect soldiers in Vietnam to their families?
  • The first radio station in Flagstaff was owned by a woman, Mary Costigan?
  • Henry Flipper, the first Black West Point graduate and a Buffalo Soldier, was an expert in Spanish, Mexican, and American land law?
  • Minority Arizonans and Southwesterners created their own newspapers to communicate the needs of the communities? Check out La Alianza Hispano Americana and their newsletter Alianza/Alliance for a great example! 
  • Before railroads were built in Arizona, companies competed for government contracts to carry mail to the Pacific Coast? 

Want to explore more Arizona history? Have an idea for a project but don’t know how to get started? Email [email protected]!

Please check back Fall 2021 for Classroom Grant opportunities.

For more information email us at [email protected].

Special Awards Nomination Process

Students who are promoted to the State competition can be nominated by either their teacher or the NHDAZ coordinator. Teachers should notify the NHDAZ coordinator of students they would like to nominate for the awards. While students may be nominated for multiple awards, students will only be awarded one prize. Nominations open on March 8 and close on March 20. The project that the students submit to the NHDAZ state competition is the project that the special awards committee will evaluate. Students selected for awards will be notified at the State Award Ceremony on March 27. 

Special Awards Selection Process

A selection committee consisting of the NHDAZ coordinator, Arizona Historical Society staff (non-judge), a member of the sponsoring organization (when applicable), and additional members of the NHDAZ advisory council will read all nominations and projects. If the award is sponsored by NHDAZ/AHS, the rubric on the last page will be applied, but note that “best” is subjective. Awards sponsored by other organizations might have different selection criteria. Cash prizes will be awarded upon receipt of necessary written documentation (W-9, vendor acknowledgment, etc.) as needed. 

NHDAZ Special Awards Evaluation Rubric

Best Entry in World War II, Jewish Heritage, or Holocaust History

Sponsored by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.

For group and individual projects in all divisions. Projects must relate to the annual theme, Communication in History: The Key to Understanding, and the history of World War II, Jewish heritage, or Holocaust studies. Best entries in World War II history include but are not limited to military, social, cultural, technological, or political histories. There is no preference for place, but the time period of study must be within the standard periodization of World War II, from about 1939 to about 1945. Students may submit for both this award and the “Best Entry in Holocaust History” award, but cannot recieve both prizes.

$250 cash prize

Best Entry in Holocaust History

Sponsored by the Phoenix Holocaust Association. For group and individual projects in all divisions.

Projects must relate to the annual theme, Communication in History: The Key to Understanding, and the history of the Holocaust. Projects selected for this award must be specifically about the Holocaust or memory of the Holocaust. Students may submit for both this award and the “Best Entry in World War II, Jewish Heritage, or Holocaust History” award, but cannot recieve both prizes.

$250 cash prize

Best Use of Archives Award

Sponsored by Arizona Archives Alliance and the Arizona Historical Society. For group and individual projects. One Senior and one Junior division prize will be awarded.

The Best Use of Archival Collections Award encourages students in both the junior and senior divisions to include in their research those primary source materials either created in or held in an archival repository that represent a first-hand account contemporaneous with their chosen topic. These awards are intended to recognize projects that have utilized archival collections in a substantial way and encourage students to become familiar with archives and archival institutions. 

$200 cash prize (2)

Equality in History Project

Sponsored by National History Day in Arizona and the Arizona Historical Society. For group and individual projects. One Senior and one Junior division prize will be awarded.

Projects nominated for this award must relate to the annual theme, Communication in History: The Key to Understanding, and the histories of underrepresented people. The best entries for equality in history include but are not limited to the exploration of an historical topic or event, a bibliographic project, or a project that focuses on the contribution, accomplishments, experiences, and perspectives of People of Color, Indigenous People, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, children, and other underrepresented groups. Projects can also explore the efforts of underrepresented groups and their allies in the fight to have the same status in certain respects, often including civil, voting, and property rights, freedom of speech, marriage and gender equality, and equal access to social goods and services.

$150 cash prize (2)

Best Women’s History Project

Sponsored by National History Day in Arizona and the Arizona Historical Society. For group and individual projects. One Senior and one Junior division award will be awarded.

Projects nominated for this award must relate to the annual theme, Communication in History: The Key to Understanding, and women’s history. The best entries in women’s history include but are not limited to a gender-based exploration of an historical topic or event, a bibliographic project about a woman or women, or focuses on the contribution, accomplishments, experiences, and perspectives of women.

$150 cash prize (2)

Best Southwestern History Project

Sponsored by the Northern Arizona Pioneers Historical Society and National History Day in Arizona. For group and individual projects. Two Senior and Two Junior division prizes will be awarded.

Projects must relate to the annual theme, Communication in History: The Key to Understanding, and the history of the Southwestern United States. “Southwestern” is defined as Arizona and New Mexico and adjacent sections of California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Oklahoma. History topics in these states before U.S. annexation will also be considered. 

$200 cash prize (4)

Best Military History Project

Sponsored by the Arizona Historical and National History Day in Arizona. For group and individual projects. One Senior and one Junior division award will be awarded. 

Projects must relate to the annual theme, Communication in History: The Key to Understanding, and military history. This can be the history of any time period or place. Projects awarded the prize focus on not only the history of the military action/s, but also meaningfully analyze the social, cultural, political, and economic context and impact of their topic. 

$150 cash prize (2)

Educator Awards

All historians can trace their love of history back to a teacher or teachers who had an impact on their education. National History Day in Arizona seeks to recognize outstanding Arizona teachers who really made a difference for NHDAZ students this year. NHDAZ gives out two kinds of teacher awards, the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by National History Day, and the NHDAZ Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by National History Day in Arizona. 

Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Awards Nomination Process

Any teacher who was not selected in the previous year, nor ever selected as the national Teacher of the Year is eligible for nomination. The NHDAZ coordinator will nominate teachers who show a passion for NHD. Teachers selected for this award will be notified in February. 

One Senior and one Junior Division teacher selected. Two $500 cash prizes. 

NHDAZ Teacher of the Year Awards Nomination Process

Any NHDAZ teacher who was not awarded an award from NHD or NHDAZ the previous (2019-2020) or current (2020-2021) is eligible. Teachers must also have students participating in the current cycle to be eligible. Teachers may be nominated by the NHDAZ coordinator, nominated by peers, or teachers may self-nominate. Nominations from peers or self-nominations are due on March 20. Teachers nominated by the NHDAZ coordinator will be notified on March 20. Teachers who are nominated will be asked to provide a resume and short statement (200-500 words) on their involvement in NHDAZ. Teachers selected for this award will be notified at the State Award Ceremony on March 27. Cash prizes will be awarded upon receipt of necessary written documentation (W-9, vendor acknowledgement, etc.).

Two teachers selected. Two $500 cash prizes. 

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