The National History Day program is a year-long education program that culminates in a national contest every June. Wyoming History Day, administered by the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center, occurs every year in April.
National History Day engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.
Many different people participate in the Wyoming History Day program, including Wyoming students and teachers, the University of Wyoming, Wyoming State Historical Society, the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, The John P. Ellbogen Foundation, and community business like Taco John's, who generously support the Wyoming History Day program with grants and special awards.
2019 State Contest: April 15-16, 2019
The state competition for History Day in Wyoming is scheduled for April 15-16, 2018 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
2019 National History Day Contest: June 9-13, 2019
The national contest will be held June 9-13, 2019 at the University of Maryland in College Park.
- Information about the 2019 NHD Theme, Triumph and Tragedy in History: https://www.nhd.org/sites/default/files/2019%20NHD%20Theme%20Book.pdf
- NHD Contest Rule Book: https://www.nhd.org/sites/default/files/Contest-Rule-Book_2.pdf
- NHD Contest Rule Book in Spanish: https://www.nhd.org/sites/default/files/397-084_Contest_Rule_Book_Layout_FNL_SP_rev1_Lo_2.pdf
- View examples of award winning projects from previous contests: https://www.nhd.org/project-examples
Wyoming History Sample Topics, Triumph and Tragedy in History
The murder of Matthew Shepard, 1998:
The Cokeville Elementary School bombing, 1986:
and see "Related Articles" in the sidebar to the right of the main article for links to a dozen oral histories about the event.
The Black 14, 1969
Oral history: https://www.wyohistory.org/oral-histories/former-university-wyoming-football-player-mel-hamilton-his-life-and-black-14
Oral history: https://www.wyohistory.org/oral-histories/dr-willie-black-chancellor-black-student-alliance-1969-black-14
Digital Toolkit lesson plan: https://www.wyohistory.org/education/toolkit/black-14
Japanese Internment at Heart Mountain, 1942-1945
Digital Toolkit lesson plan: https://www.wyohistory.org/education/toolkit/internment-camp-heart-mountain-1942-1945
The Deadly Blackwater Fire, 1939
The Death of Earl Durand, 1939
Tragedy and Triumph in the Life of Nellie Tayloe Ross:
Indian Boarding Schools
Article to be posted in November 2018
Danger and Safety, Tragedy and Triumph in Wyoming Coal Mines
Tragedy at Lightning Creek, 1903
Triumph over the desert: Mormon Irrigators in the Bighorn Basin
The Invasion of Johnson County, 1892
The Rock Springs Massacre, 1885
Triumph of Survival: The Arapaho Arrive on Wind River,1878
Tragedy and Triumph in the Indian Wars:
Digital Toolkit lesson plan: https://www.wyohistory.org/education/toolkit/fights-platte-bridge-white-and-native-views
Votes for Women, 1869
Triumph or Tragedy: The Shoshone Treaties of 1863 and 1868
The Mormon Handcart Disaster of 1856
Triumph and Tragedy on the Emigrant Trails
More than 60 more articles on the Oregon, California and Mormon trails across Wyoming: https://www.wyohistory.org/education/oregon-trail