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Another Year Begins!

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

This year's theme--Frontiers in History--seems apt. Every day feels like a new frontier in this evolving world. Kayla and I just spent a month seeing that world through the eyes of 50+ teenagers. They were all working on NHDC projects that have Colorado topics based on the theme (see the list below). If dreams play out, these teens will turn in to another generation of history makers. Fingers crossed.

In the meantime, we hope you will join us for our big celebration breakfast this year! It is September 9. It is our big fall showcase and is the official launch of each year's journal--hard to believe this is our 5th year publishing such an auspicious volume. The showcase is also a place to see the hard work of the winners who earned medals in the previous year--we'll have a grand champion documentary to show off.  You will be thrilled--and Patty Limerick will make sure you know it! Please RSVP here.

Teachers, this year's training is unique. We are working with Teaching with Primary Sources/Library of Congress to create Master Teachers--those who are able to teach peers how to be great NHDC educators. We have 2 options--each features one day of in-person in Denver (hotel and food provided) and several evenings of virtual instruction. Both sessions will come together on November 4 for our own "competition"--complete with prizes. It is an important step for our state, as we are seeing such a growth in participation post-COVID. Sure hope you'll consider being one of these important resources.

Lastly, pay attention. It feels like history is being made every. single. day. right now. Some of it is awesome. Some of it not so much. One of our students reminded me that "changing the world" has seldom been on a global scale in history. Mainly it is the little acts that make big change or create a small ripple that might result in historic change. As we finish this summer, I think about how a young Teddy Roosevelt loved the outdoors--it was enough that he carried this love into his presidency. He is behind the 1906 American Antiquities Act and created the US Forest Service. This summer, I hope you all were able to participate in some of what President Roosevelt set aside for us to enjoy.

Happy back to school!

NHDC Topic List


Join Us for the 2022 Back-to-School Showcase Breakfast!

Rachel Lewis
The Village High School, Colorado Springs
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, Boulder
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, Boulder
Ian Li
“The Treaty of Versailles: How a Diplomatic Failure Helped to Hasten the Outbreak of World War II”
Chinook Trails Middle School, Colorado Springs
Gwyn Kaupman
“Failing to Free Tibet: A Diplomatic Refusal of the Hammer & Sickle”
Bear Creek High School, Lakewood
Ellie Parsons
“Brutal Beginnings: Theodore Roosevelt's Diplomatic Influence on Debate over Early American Football”
Denver School of the Arts, Denver
Mikel Kratzer
“A Monkey on Tennessee’s Back: Debating Darwinian Evolution and Fundamentalism”
Caprock Academy, Grand Junction
Amelia Mouret
“The Forever War: The Debate and diplomacy Over America's Role in Afghanistan” 
Escalante Middle School, Durango
Lyia Mei
“Diplomacy as a Dinner Party: Culinary Diplomacy in US-China Relations”
Fairview High School, Boulder
Apply for an NHDC Master Teacher Workshop by September 1!

National History Day in Colorado is proud to have received a grant from Teaching with Primary Sources at Metropolitan State University of Denver to enhance and improve our educator workshops and to train master  teachers who can mentor new and junior NHDC teachers, and who will, as part of this grant, become TPSTeachers' Network members.
This year's teacher workshop cycle will consist of your choice of two hybrid workshops, with one in-person day and four evenings of virtual instruction to follow. These will culminate in a Master Teacher Showcase for all participants on November 4 where participants will present their own NHDC projects and receive a Master Teacher designation.
Application for one of the teacher workshops comes with the expectation that educators attend the entirety of their selected workshop and attend the Showcase and present a primary resource set along with lesson plans and learning activities. Grants and stipends for travel and accommodation will be available. Professional development hours will be awarded.
Session 1:
In-Person: September 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Denver
Virtual: October 3-6 from 6:30-7:30 pm nightly
Session 2:
In-Person: October 21 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Denver
Virtual: October 24-27 from 6:30-7:30 pm nightly
Showcase Reception:
November 4
NHDC Student & Teacher Participate in Sacrifice for Freedom in Hawaii

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Cvanciger and her student Brooke Auguillard from Bear Creek High School as they explored Hawaii in the Sacrifice for Freedom journey - honoring WWII fallen heroes! Check out these highlights from their trip.

Student & Teacher Resources

Finding, Analyzing, and Constructing History: A Research Guide for Students
From the Library of Congress

Civics Renewal Record K-12 Resources
Online resources related to civics, government, and history.
Chronicling American: History's First Draft
Historic American Newspapers
Save Your 2021-2022 NHDWebCentral Site

Unsaved websites will be deleted September 1, 2022. 

Visit for directions on saving your website.

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

Theme Book
Theme Graphic Organizer
Save the Date
May 6, 2023
State Contest
NHDC Welcomes New Office Administrator!

Excited to announce our new NHDC Intern/Office Administrator is alumni Hailey Dennis (soon to be Perrego). Hailey graduated from CU Denver in 2022 and will be getting married in September. She competed in the San Luis Valley contest while in high school. She’ll be headed to medical school in 2023! Welcome Hailey!

Welcome to Our New Student Advisory Board Members!

Welcome to our newest NHDC Student Advisory Board members!

Brecken Craft, Western Slope Region

Kenia Hansen-Guzman, Greeley Region

Wren Capra, Mountain Region

Annika Aumentado, Boulder Region

Monroe Castle, Colorado Springs Region

Historical Tip of the Month

Part 2 of 3

How to develop a manageable topic: 

2.Connecting your interpretation to previous work by other historians:Once you have a topic in mind, you need to find out what other scholars have written about your topic.

(Courtesy of University of Toronto)

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