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National History Day Rule Book

This should be your first step to participating in History Day.  The book includes an overview of the program, general rules, category specific rules with examples, and information about judging.  View the NHD Rule Book (Spanish version)


2017-2018 Theme Information



This year’s theme, Conflict & Compromise in History, requires you to view history through multiple perspectives. Compromise can sometimes prevent a conflict, but what happens when it does not? If a conflict occurs, how can compromise help to end the conflict? What happens if a failed compromise leads to an even larger conflict? Throughout this academic year, you will need to ask yourself these questions and more.


This research guide created by Margaret Fain at Coastal's Kimbel Library focuses on sources for South Carolina topics.

York County Library Local History

National Register of Historic Places, South Carolina

History Makers is home to African American oral histories 

LOC South Carolina Slave Narratives

National Park Service Virtual Museum Exhibits


Project Examples

2017 SC Senior Group Documentary

2017 SC Junior Paper


For more examples, please visit the national website.

Project Resources

Looking for an exhibit board?  Check out Box Man, Inc.

Websites must be created with Weebly.  Visit to begin.

Creating a documentary?  It can be as simple as a timed PowerPoint with sound, such as from Audacity.  Here are some other products to help:  Windows Movie Maker, WeVideo , iMovie, or Lightworks 

Teacher Resources

We have resources available for you to use in the classroom.  These include handouts, sample assignments, and even access to the NHD Guidebooks.  Email the state coordinator at to be granted access. 

The state coordinator is available for school visits with teachers, students and parents.  Email or call to schedule a visit. 

The national office also offers professional development opportunities for teachers, such as workshops and online courses.  To learn about these, visit their Professional Development site.