NATIONAL HISTORY DAY IN ARIZONA

National History Day 2021 Theme

National History Day Arizona 2019

NHDAZ Events, Workshops, and Competitions

  • September 12: New Student Workshop
  • CANCELLED: September 19: Advanced Student Workshop: Historical Argumentation (Workshop will be rescheduled at a later date)
  • September 26: Digital Research and Historiography

2021 Theme – Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

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Learn more on the NHD website.

Recent News

Arizona Students Make History at National History Day 2020! Read about all the students and projects that placed at the National History Day Competition in June. Read the news.

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. 

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.

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.

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]!

The Arizona Historical Society is proud to sponsor Arizona Title 1 classrooms that need financial support to implement National History Day. Classroom teachers may apply for up to $500 per school year, with the understanding that this microgrant will go toward purchasing supplies, equipment, and other items for the implementation of National History Day.

For the 2020-2021 cycle, grant applications are due November 15. Grantees will be announced the first week of December with funds disbursed soon after. For the 2020-2021 cycle, we have funds to support four Title 1 classrooms, with a preference to support one classroom in each of our museum regions (Northern, Central, Southern, and Western).

For more information email us at [email protected].

Click here to complete the NHDAZ Microgrant.

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