NHDC September Newsletter
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Kicking Off a Wonderful Fall!

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

As always, this month must be remembered with solemnity in American history. It was twenty-one years ago that the worst attack on our nation's soil occurred. Planes, highjacked by terrorists, were used as weapons for mass casualties and any semblance of global innocence was lost. Our lives were all changed. It is one of those moments when those who were alive will always remember where they were and what they were doing.  

Our annual showcase that was meant to be September 9 had to be rescheduled for November 4th due to a significant COVID exposure. All are well and we truly hope that this expanded time will create an even larger crowd--this is an opportunity for all to see the hard work our students and teachers do throughout the year. At these events you witness the important value in being certain history, civics, and all other subject that make up a liberal arts experience remain an important part of our student's secondary education. Critical thinking has increasingly become an important skill, rather than an assumed quality. NHDC teaches and perfects this for young people, as well as helps them understand the importance of primary sources--finding answers and seeing news in documents that provide a full picture.

Here is the link to register. November is the month of gratitude. We will most definitely be grateful if you will join us.  


P.S. National Hispanic Heritage Month started this week, 9/15, and runs to October 15. So many opportunities will be available to celebrate this rich culture--and to find topics in this growing frontier of the population in the United States. ​​

Our Showcase Breakfast has been rescheduled!

Friday, November 4, 2022
8:00-9:00 am
1201 Larimer St., #1500
Denver, CO 80204
Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Parry Limerick, CU Boulder
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.

Introducing... Our 2022 Theme Poster!

For copies, please contact Kayla Gabehart ( with quantity and mailing address. Those signed up for an Educator Workshop receive first priority. You can also download the poster here.

Artifacts & Current Events:
Reflections on this Year's Theme from our Executive Director

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, a large portion of the world has been thrown into global grief. Her life was one made up of many frontiers. There were many firsts and many shifts away from deference, toward a more modern monarchy or more representative head of state. Despite many who saw her as an emblem of imperialism and colonization, it could be argued that it was during her reign that these more oppressive states of rule began to be dismantled. Some historians argue that she famously argued for sanctions against apartheid South Africa, one of many causes for a sour relationship with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. It has also been suggested that she embraced leaders of the Commonwealth as nation leaders, in the best way she could "of the day."

As our way of honoring her late Majesty, here are two primary source "things" that I am honored to own. My grandmother passed them to me. She was able to enjoy the coronation of the Queen. One is a commemorative small plate stamped with Queen Elizabeth's name and date of coronation. The back of it is stamped England, designating it as English bone china. The other is an empty tin that had been a container of British toffees. The tin is stamped "A Souvenir of the Coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, 1953." The top is a portrait of the new queen. These pieces could support several thesis ideas that come to mind. When you see these, what arguments do you think they could support? Email your answers to me at We'll print the best suggestions in next month's newsletter.

You will be able to view history on Monday, September 19, starting very early in the morning. Queen Elizabeth's funeral is projected to be the most watched television in history. Like many, I am hoping that the death of this much-revered, stable and consistent world leader will make us all be more aware of the importance of these qualities for leadership at all levels of governance.
 Application Open for NHDC Master Teacher Workshops!

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 TPS Teachers' 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 the primary resource set that matches their project. Grants and stipends for travel, as well as accommodations will be available. Contact Celeste ( to reserve a room for either session. 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
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 (
Attend an info session:
BA/BS-MD: September 10, September 15
BA/BS-DDS and MD combined session: October 1
Mus RSVP to attend.

Apply by Friday, October 28 @ 5:00 pm

Daniels Fund Scholarship Open
More Information and Application
Deadline: October 15

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
September 28, 2022--The War of 1812 (online)
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

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
Teacher Feature: Anna Royal

This month's featured teacher is Anna Royal of Summit Charter School in the Boulder Region. This past year, Royal had four national qualifiers, one national finalist, and a national champion! We are so proud to have her as a member of our NHDC team.

How long have you participated in History Day? 
"I first participated in NHD as a high school sophomore! Then, for two years, I served as a judge of NHD before becoming an advisor for the past three years. It's been really thrilling to see the sides of the NHD experience in these various roles."

Why do you believe in History Day? 
"I believe in National History Day because it puts students at the center of their own work. Students explore people, ideas, and events and take the lead in discovering primary source materials and judging the veracity of sourcing. These are skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives, as they seek to discern truth from fiction and the credibility of the content they encounter. The true highlight of NHD, in my opinion, is the opportunity for students to find the stories of people and ideas that have been underrepresented in history textbooks. Students have told the stories of BIPOC, women, and queer voices through NHD that judges themselves hadn't known. They are actively making history more inclusive and representative! What an incredible undertaking!" 

What is the biggest takeaway from your participation in History Day? 
"The biggest takeaway I have from NHD is that students, even middle school students, can do the work of true historians. Through community partnerships, dedication, and guidance, they can find sourcing on stories that have rarely been told or highlighted in the classroom. They are capable of showcasing the narratives that mean the most to them. It takes a village to pull off an NHD project, but these young people really lead the way."

What is your favorite History Day memory? 
"My favorite History Day memory was seeing a video of Keira Krishnaiah when she learned that she and her partner, Emma Taylor, won first place at Nationals for their junior documentary. Due to COVID, the competition was remote (again), and she was on holiday with her family. Her mom recorded her reaction, and the joy and elation on screen were something that I hope all NHD participants get to experience during their journey. To see such hard work, effort, and stress pay off in spades was a really beautiful sight to behold!" 

Welcome to Our New Student Advisory Board Members!

Welcome to our newest NHDC Student Advisory Board members!

Grady Hooten, Durango/4 Corners Region

Newal Nasir, Denver/Aurora Region

Alkaljot Juneja from the Boulder Region will serve as President of the Student Advisory Board. Monroe Castle from the Colorado Springs Region will serve as President-Elect.

Partner Feature: Denver Public Library

By Robin Filipczak, Reference Librarian

The Denver Public Library has a tremendous collection of primary resources you won’t find through an internet search. For example, the Library has been collecting magazines to be used as research material from as far back as the 1800s.  

We want to make that collection as easily accessible as possible even though it is not digitized, so we purchased a license to what is called the Readers Guide Retrospective. This digital index allows you to search magazines and periodicals from 1890-1982 to find first-hand reporting and articles. Log into the database with your library card. Once you find an article you want to retrieve, you can log on to our chat service and request a scan of what you find that’s useful. We’ll pull the physical copy of an article from our collection and email you a digitized copy of the article.

Watch this video to learn more about how the process works: Readers' Guide Retrospective and the Denver Public Library

Log into the database to start searching: Readers’ Guide Retrospective 1890-1982

Chat with Denver Public librarians to get access to the articles you find: Ask Us: Chat Now | 24/7

Learn more about the robust tools the library has to help you find primary resources: Denver Public Library Handout: Teaching with Primary Resources

Historical Tip of the Month

Part 3 of 3

How to develop a manageable topic: 

3. Offering a well-organized and persuasive thesis.Think of your thesis as answering a question. Have your thesis answer a “how” or “why” question, rather than a “what” question. A “what” question will usually land you in the world of endless description, and while some description is often necessary, what you really should focus on is your thinking, your analysis, your insights.

(Courtesy of University of Toronto)

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