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We wish you all a wonderful holiday season with your families. We will see you in the new year for a wonderful 2018 contest season!
Mr. Steven Foster in action at the annual McAuliffe International School History Day Pep Rally at History Colorado, an event he created and puts on for his students every year. 
Steven Foster
Our featured teacher, Steven Foster, is currently in his fifth year at McAuliffe International School where he teaches 7th grade social studies. Under Mr. Foster's leadership, History Day participation has expanded significantly. All 7th and some 8th graders now create projects, with the option to compete. Mr. Foster pioneered the History Day Pep Rally held each fall at History Colorado, in order to emphasize that athletics are not the only activities to be excited about. He also creates a handbook every year for his students that guides them through the History Day process.

Mr. Foster hosts an after-school club at McAuliffe that students who are interested in competing can attend to receive one-on-one help in order to prepare their projects for Regionals.

Regarding his belief in the pedagogy of History Day, Mr. Foster says that "it promotes student engagement, learning and curiosity about history." While the competition aspect of the program "provides that extra nugget of motivation to some of our students need to go above an beyond with their projects."

We are so honored to work with teachers like Mr. Foster every day, and we cannot wait to see what amazing projects his students produce!
This month's student is a very special feature. Bridget Galaty, alumnus of Denver School of the Arts, participated in History Day. This coming contest season, she will now be serving as an NHDC intern! Galaty, a student at Colorado College, will be working directly with Pikes Peak Regional Coordinator, Kathy Lindeman. 

Galaty participated for 6 years in the documentary category while a student at DSA. She says that she believes in History Day as it allows students not only to choose a topic of particular interest to them, but also "allows students to take charge of their own education as it is up to students to determine how they research their topic and how the final project is presented." Now as a college student, Galaty affirms that she feels "much more prepared to research a topic in-depth" and to present it in a way that is both informative and enjoyable. Galaty shared a particular memory from last year during a showing of her documentary on the Mongolian Democratic Revolution. There was a moment in her film that always made the audience gasp. She shared that "seeing them react to my film in such a way that is was clear they cared about the story made me feel like my work had been done well and that I had made an impact on their life through my project."

We are very excited to work with Bridget in this new capacity!
B-A1 Lancer at Wings Over the Rockies, one of only 4 supersonic bombers ever manufactured for the U.S. Military.
Wings Over the Rockies

This month, we are excited to introduce our newest partner, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Located on the former Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, CO, Wings Over the Rockies aims to educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present, and future. This location is also the original site of the Air Force Academy, and today the 182,000 square feet of hangar space boasts all kinds of aircraft and artifacts.

Director of Education, April Lanotte, emphasizes the importance of the Museum's partnership with History Day, as she says that Wings Over the Rockies "wanted to be able to reach out to Colorado students and families to let them know about the vast resources" available "that can inspire and inform them about the tremendous role aviation has and continues to play in Colorado's history." She also gave a shout-out to the passionate staff and volunteers ready to share their "excitement and knowledge with students who want to take an in-depth look at the richness of Colorado aerospace history."

Visit Wings Over the Rockies today for resources and local topic inspiration!

When referring to a historical actor, Benjamin Franklin, for example, never refer to them by first name alone. Introduce the historical actor by using their full name (Benjamin Franklin), and then refer to the historical actor by last name thereafter (Franklin). NEVER refer to someone by first name only (Benjamin), as you would a personal acquaintance. Judges will look for this during the contests.
Students are encouraged to consider one of our many State Contest special awards, sponsored by our wonderful cultural partners. View our entire list of cultural partners for research and resource ideas on our WEBSITE.
  • Molly Brown Legacy Award – Sponsored by the Molly Brown House
  • Best Use of Geography – Sponsored by the Colorado Geographic Alliance
  • Best Use of Primary Sources in a Paper – Sponsored by the Department of History, University of Colorado Denver
  • Best Group Project on Colorado History – Sponsored by Governor John Hickenlooper's office        
  • Best Entry on Chicano History – Sponsored by History Colorado
  • Best Project on a Telecommunications Topic – Sponsored by Telecommunications History Group
  • Best Project on a Topic Related to William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody – Sponsored by the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
  • Best Project on Transportation History – Sponsored by Forney Museum of Transportation
  • Best Project on Western History – Sponsored by Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University
  • Best Senior Paper on Colorado History – Sponsored by the Denver Westerners Posse
  • Best Use of Library of Congress Materials – Sponsored by Teaching with Primary Sources Colorado
  • Most Creative Exhibit – Sponsored by the Optimist Club of South Monaco
  • Best Essay on Western History – Sponsored by the Center of the American West at CU Boulder
  • Best Project on  – Sponsored by the League of Women Voters
  • Best Project on Chief Niwot or the Arapaho – Sponsored by Boulder History Museum
  • Best Use of Primary Sources on a Colorado Topic – Sponsored by the Colorado State Archives
  • Colorado Experience Best in Show Documentary – Sponsored by Rocky Mountain PBS- Colorado Experience
  • Governor’s Residence Award – Sponsored by Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund

4th and 5th grade students are welcome to participate in History Day through the Elementary Poster Contest. Students complete posters, a scaled-down version of the Exhibit category, on the next year's theme (Triumph & Tragedy) and on a Colorado topic. Teachers hold in-school contests and the top three posters will be displayed at museums around the state on Colorado Day, August 1st, to kick-off our contest year. 
Register your Class HERE

Register by March 30

NHDC WANTS YOU! Judging registration links for a number of Regional Contests, as well as the State Contest, are now open. It is never too early to sign up as a judge! Visit our website for more links to judge at Regional Contests around the state. Contact the Regional Coordinators for more information.

Greater Denver Metro Contest
March 10
Bear Creek High School

Denver Regional Contest
April 7
History Colorado/Denver Art Museum

University of Colorado Denver 

Dates for in-person judge trainings are TBD. You can always view the ONLINE TRAINING and take the ONLINE QUIZ.

NHDC is again offering a number of supplementary opportunities for students during the State Contest. Please note that these contests are NOT just for State Qualifiers. Anyone who completed a project during the 2018 contest cycle can apply.

T-Shirt Design Contest
Students have the opportunity to design the t-shirt that will be given out to State Contest participants. 
Designs Due: April 2
More Details

Button Design Contest
Students design the button that will be traded at the National Contest with participants from around the country and world.
Designs Due: April 2
More Details

CU Denver Scholarship
In cooperation with the University of Colorado Denver, National History Day in Colorado is pleased to offer an opportunity for all NHDC Juniors to apply for a one-time scholarship of $1,500 to CU Denver. This opportunity is available to anyone who has ever participated in History Day.
Applications Due: April 2
More Details
If you attended a 2017 Teacher Training, you are eligible to earn Graduate or Continuing & Professional Education credits through the University of Colorado Denver. The cost is $114 for Continuing & Professional Education credits and $345 for Graduate credits.
Contact for sign-up details.

Online registration due
January 16.
Want to create a winning project? Attend one of our research events!
We can't wait to see the amazing projects that our students will create this year! We want to help you put those expert touches on your projects. Consider attending one of our student research and support events.
Denver Research Rendezvous
January 21 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm
Denver Public Library, Central Branch
The Research Rendezvous event pairs students with experts to assist with thesis development, research suggestions, and professional advice. Students must register for a 15-minute session with an expert prior to the event. Professional librarians will also be available to point students directly towards the resources they need. 

We will also be hosting mini-sessions during the event:
  • 2:30-3:00: Mastering the Thesis Statement by Kayla Gabehart, NHDC Associate Director
  • 3:00-3:30: Art as a Primary Source by Kristen Fong, American Museum of Western Art
  • 3:30-4:00: Making Documentaries by Eric Hernandez, Associate Producer of Colorado Experience at RMPBS 
  • 4:00-4:30: El Movimiento & Chicano History Resources by Laura Douglas, History Colorado Center
Makers Workshop
February 7 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
History Colorado Center
The Makers Workshop event gives students participating in the Exhibit and Performance categories the opportunity to get advice from the professional design creators at History Colorado. Please note this event is ONLY for exhibit and performance contestants. Participants must also be prepared to either layout or construct their exhibit or performance set. This is NOT a thesis or research workshop. Some materials will be provided, but please bring anything you plan on using for your exhibit or set.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PARTNER: Colorado Student Leaders Institute
National History Day in Colorado is proud to support our partner, Colorado Student Leaders Institute! Colorado Student Leaders Institute (COSLI) is a state-legislated, summer residential program on the University of Colorado Denver campus. For one month each summer, Colorado's best and brightest students, chosen from a competitive pool of applicants, live and study on the campus and earn three hours of college credit. 

The application for the 2018 Summer Institute is available now. Students can access instructions and apply via the online portal HERE. Applications close January 31.

If you are interested in sponsoring a student (at the cost of $400), or making a donation to help COSLI meet its fundraising goal, please CLICK HERE.
National History Day in Colorado has an exclusive partnership with Box Man, Inc., a company that designs History Day exhibit boards to the exact specifications outlined in the NHD Rules.These special boards allow students to maximize the amount of available space on their board without exceeding size limitations. They are available in black and white, and with or without title panels. Additionally, for every board sold in the State of Colorado, National History Day in Colorado gets $1 back to put into programming and supply grants. 

You can order boards directly from the website: Purchase orders can be sent to or faxed to 651-642-0027.
for the 2018 STATE CONTEST

MAY 5, 2018

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