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We are excited to see what the 2022-2023 year will bring! Join us for the first events of the year!
Director's Letter

November is the month of gratitude. I'm grateful that the dreadful campaign ads will be done in November, as I'm sure many of you might be as well. Each one seems to twist truths in more creative ways each day. It causes me to be even more grateful that NHDC is based in primary sources and the true documents that define our history--from the mouth of history.

With that in mind, I'm thrilled to talk about our new partnership with Gilder Lehrman Foundation for American History. There is more about this later in the newsletter, but I want to share my personal experience. When I was a classroom teacher, I was exposed to the work they do for use with my students and some of the best professional development I attended. It was exciting when one of our volunteer judges (who also happens to be a Lt. General), re-connected me with their office in New York City. As I was headed to Rutgers for a conference, an extra day was arranged. On that day, I enjoyed lunch in mid-town Manhattan with a group committed to the work of Gilder Lehrman in an historic restaurant--nothing compared to hearing the stories of new resources coming from Gilder Lehrman and their commitment to sharing what they have with teachers and students.

After lunch, we headed to a special performance of the musical Hamilton at its Broadway theatre. Gilder Lehrman has a program called EduHam, based on the works and words of Hamilton and the founders. There I was, in this small theatre, with 1300 New York City high school students. I was seated next to a young woman who was a senior and still not quite certain what her next steps might be.  But she knew Hamilton, and every other founder. When Hamilton was less than faithful in his marriage, she chided him, as did every other student in the theatre. They sang the songs, they cried when Hamilton's son died, they gasped during the dual between Hamilton and Burr. The best part of the story was when King George comes on stage. They erupted in cheers. I was convinced the actor must be someone well known who I just didn't recognize. So, I turned to my new young friend and asked who it was. She responded, "King George," with an attitude of "duh, are you stupid?" To see this theatre of 1300 so excited about a story of America's founding was mind blowing. Any foundation that can do that has my vote of confidence.

And, as an even happier ending, the next week I received an email from them inviting me to serve on their President's Advisory Council. What an honor for me and for Colorado! We look forward to sharing this amazing resource with all of you.



Our Showcase Breakfast has been rescheduled and is only two weeks away!

Reserve your spot now!

Friday, November 4, 2022
8:00-9:00 am
1201 Larimer St., #1500
Denver, CO 80204
Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Parry Limerick, CU Boulder
Founder, Center of the American West
2022 Founder Award Winner: Walter S. Rosenberry, III Charitable Trust
Rachel Lewis
The Village High School
Senior Individual Performance
"Women's Right to Vote Came Down to a Note"
State Contest, 3rd Place
Emma Taylor & Keira Krishnaiah
Summit Charter Middle School
Junior Group Documentary
"A Diplomat for a New Generation: Madeleine Albright"
National Champions
2023 Journal Authors
Nataly Uzdensky
“Lyudmila Pavlichenko and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Unexpected Friendship that Inspired Diplomacy During the Second Front Debate”
Summit Charter
Ian Li
“The Treaty of Versailles: How a Diplomatic Failure Helped to Hasten the Outbreak of World War II”
Chinook Trails Middle School
Gwyn Kaupman
“Failing to Free Tibet: A Diplomatic Refusal of the Hammer & Sickle”
Bear Creek High School
Ellie Parsons
“Brutal Beginnings: Theodore Roosevelt's Diplomatic Influence on Debate over Early American Football”
Denver School of the Arts
Mikel Kratzer
“A Monkey on Tennessee’s Back: Debating Darwinian Evolution and Fundamentalism”
Caprock Academy
Amelia Mouret
“The Forever War: The Debate and diplomacy Over America's Role in Afghanistan” 
Escalante Middle School
Lyia Mei
“Diplomacy as a Dinner Party: Culinary Diplomacy in US-China Relations”
Fairview High School


Not able to attend? Your gift of $25 or more ensures a copy of this year's limited edition Journal (5th ed.) sent to you via mail. Donate here.

2023 Contest Dates 

San Luis Valley--January 28
Charter--March 4
Western Slope--March 11
Boulder--March 11
Durango--March 17
Pikes Peak--March 18
Denver/Aurora--March 18
Central Plains--March 31
Greater Denver Metro--April 1
Pueblo/Southeast--April 1
Greeley/Northeast--April 1
Mountain April 1
Supply Grant Now Open!

Deadline: Friday, November 20 by 5 pm
Supplies delivered mid to late November

For the 2022/23 contest cycle, National History Day in Colorado has funds to grant to teachers in need of supplies to support National History Day in Colorado in their classrooms. Please separate "dream" items from priority items where indicated. We will fulfill priority requests first.

Please complete the following questions and upload/email supporting documents in order to apply.

PLEASE BE SPECIFIC! Includes desired amounts (i.e. 150 glue sticks) and brands, where applicable. 

Some lists will be awarded as they are received, depending on need, etc. 


NHDC is Seeking Interns!

Deadline: October 31 at 5:00 pm

We are recruiting college students to work in middle and high school classrooms (depending on school restrictions, this may be in-person, online, or hybrid) with students to make their NHDC projects as good as possible. This includes assisting with narrative development, thesis development, analysis, research, writing, critical thinking, drawing conclusions, etc. 

This internship will begin as soon as mid- to late-September and continue through the spring semester. We offer both elective credit through the history department, as well as a stipend. 

We employ students from universities across the state to serve as NHDC interns. Please note that if you are not a CU Denver student, we cannot provide college credit, though your home university may be able to. Please talk to your degree advisor for more details. We will provide stipends for all interns.

Visit our website for more information.

Contact for more information.
Handshake Posting: #5198535

Cultural Partner Speed Dating for Educators

November 10, 2022

Interested in Special Awards? Local history? Need help connecting your students to resources and experts? We have you covered!

Join us for a virtual speed dating session with our cultural partners to open up a whole new world of topics, resources, and opportunities. We will also cover a variety of the Special Awards given out at the State Contest.

Email Kayla ( if you plan to attend. 

Student & Teacher Resources and Opportunities

Opportunities for Students

Application open for the CU Denver BA/BS-DDS and BA/BS-MD programs!
These are cooperative programs between the University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.
The recruitment cycle for the 2023 academic year has begun! Below are the webpages for each program:

For more information:
Contact Trishia Vasquez (

Apply by Friday, October 28 @ 5:00 pm

Boettcher Foundation Scholarship Open
Visit the website to view eligibility criteria.
Deadline: November 1 @ 5 pm

Opportunities for Teachers
National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
Philadelphia, PA
December 2-4, 2022
Registration and More Information

And, check out these online events from NCSS
The United States of Inquiry: New Standards, New Directions: When Your State Goes All-In for Inquiry
September 15, 2022
More information can be found here.
Candidates, and Approaches: Teaching the 2022 Midterm Elections
September 22, 2022
More information is here.

Teaching American History Seminars
October 26, 2022--The Mexican-American War (online)
November 4, 2022--The Civil War (in-person)

Registration and More Information
Colorado Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
Revitalizing Social Studies: Work that Matters
March 6, 2023
History Colorado Center
Denver, CO
Registration coming soon!
Nation Council for History Education Annual Conference 
March 23-25
Salt Lake City, UT
More Information

Resources for Students and Teachers
Finding, Analyzing, and Constructing History: A Research Guide for Students
from Library of Congress
Student Guide
Teacher Guide

Hispanic and Latino Heritage History Resources
from EDSITEment and National Endowment for the Humanities
Guides available here.

New Resource Collection from Mt. Vernon
Explore collection

Historical Tip of the Month

How to document your sources:

In history, you should use the traditional endnote or footnote system with superscript numbers when citing sources. Do not use parenthetical author-page numbers as a general rule. The preferred guide for citations in history is The Chicago Manual of Style.

(Courtesy of University of Toronto)

A Few More Things...
2023 Theme: Frontier in History: People, Places, & Ideas

2023 Theme Poster
Theme Book
Theme Graphic Organizer
Save the Date
May 6, 2023
State Contest
Teacher Feature: Raluca Liles, NHDC 2023 Teacher of the Year, Senior Division

We are proud to announce this year's 2023 NHDC Teacher of the Year for the Senior Division, Raluca Liles of Caprock Academy in Grand Junction. Liles will also be our nominee for the NHD National Teacher of the Year Award in the Senior Division. We are so proud to have Liles as a part of the NHDC family. Congratulations!

My love for education began at an early age; since third grade I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I studied both History and French at the University of North Texas and have taught both for fifteen years at different times and places. I have taught in Texas, South Carolina, and Colorado. I currently teach French I and II, as well as Western Civilization II, AP United States History, and European History at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, Colorado, and am also the Varsity Boys Soccer coach.
My experience with National History Day in Colorado began before 2016 when I served as a community member judge for the Western Slope Regional Contest held at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.  I worked with Dr. Vince Patarino and learned the judges’ side of National History Day.  
When I began teaching at Caprock, I wanted to bring the NHD experience to my students and school.  Knowing the program includes essential skills to studying history, I felt it would benefit all my history classes.  I introduced the program and we had some great successes, including one Senior Group Exhibit and one Senior paper that advanced to state that year! After that, the word spread and excitement about National History Day grew.  The program expanded to several other teachers and our middle school.  Throughout the last several years, we have had many students participate in and excel at both the regional and state level.  We have had several middle and high school students advance to nationals for NHD each year since 2019!  
I appreciate that National History Day reinforces the skills necessary to studying history and learning about multiple perspectives using primary sources.  I teach these skills in my classes and am grateful to have had many students choose to participate and find success with National History Day!  

Stay tuned--we will announce our junior division selection in the November newsletter!

Welcome to Our New Student Advisory Board Members!

Welcome to our newest NHDC Student Advisory Board members!

Nolan Ottele, Denver/Aurora Region

Janet Trujillo, Greater Denver Metro Region

Brooke Auguillard, Greater Denver Metro Region

Partner Feature: Gilder Lehrman Institute

National History Day in Colorado is thrilled to announce our new partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History. Based in New York City, Gilder Lehrman is widely known for their incredible offering of primary source documents, teacher resources & programs, masters degree offerings and such rich opportunities for all.  

Their own description:  "In 1991, Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman embarked on a mission to create one of the most important repositories of historical American documents in the country. Today, the Gilder Lehrman Collection contains more than eighty-five thousand items documenting the political, social, and economic history of the United States. These materials range from iconic historical treasures, such as the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation, to personal letters that tell the stories of citizen-soldiers and their families. Chronologically, the Collection ranges from 1493 to the end of the twentieth century. The main strengths lie in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly in the study of slavery and abolition. We have significant holdings across the twentieth century, especially in World War II and civil rights history, and we are actively acquiring additional materials from this period."

Widely known for their deep well of primary sources, Gilder Lehrman is a favorite among professional historians as support for their writing and teaching. Colorado is thrilled to be part of their family and it is our pleasure to announce that our Executive Director has been invited to join their President's Advisory Council.
Explore what they offer. 

National History in Colorado
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 182 | PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217
p: 303-315-1789

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