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Wyoming History Day

Wyoming History Day

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.

2020 State Contest: April 19-20, 2020

The state competition for History Day in Wyoming is scheduled for April 14-15, 2019 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Click here for dates, details and contacts for 2020’s regional contests around Wyoming.

2020 National History Day Contest: 14-18, 2020

​The national contest will be held June 14-18, 2020 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Wyoming History Sample Topics, Breaking Barriers in History

Crossing a Continent: The Union Pacific Railroad
Digital Toolkit lesson plan: https://www.wyohistory.org/education/toolkit/railroad-and-wyoming

Votes for Wyoming Women, 1869
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/right-choice-wrong-reasons-wyoming-women-win-right-vote
Digital Toolkit lesson plan: https://www.wyohistory.org/education/toolkit/votes-wyoming-women

A Woman Holds Public Office: Esther Hobart Morris

A Woman Elected Governor: the Life of Nellie Tayloe Ross
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/ambition-nellie-tayloe-ross

More Firsts for Wyoming Women
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/list-firsts-wyoming-women

Breaking Cultural Barriers: The Black 14
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/black-14-race-politics-religion-and-wyoming-football
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

Erecting Physical Barriers: the Heart Mountain Internment Camp
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/brief-history-heart-mountain-relocation-center
Digital Toolkit lesson plan: https://www.wyohistory.org/education/toolkit/internment-camp-heart-mountain-1942-1945

Erecting Cultural Barriers: The Tragedy of Indian Boarding Schools

Triumph over the desert: Mormon Irrigators in the Bighorn Basin
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/mormon-colonizers-wyomings-bighorn-basin

Breaking Legal Barriers 1: the Lynching of Ella Watson and James Averell

Breaking Legal Barriers 2: The Invasion of Johnson County, 1892
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/johnson-county-war-1892-invasion-northern-wyoming

Breaking Legal Barriers 3: The Murder Spree of Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate: