National History Day in Rhode Island is an affiliate of National History Day, a highly regarded curriculum enhancement program for students in grades 6-12. Rhode Island has participated in National History Day for 37 years with our first national competition in June of 1983.

The 2019 state contest is held in the spring, and Rhode Island students from public, private and parochial schools from Newport to Woonsocket participate in this exciting academic competition. Top awardees are encouraged to compete in the national competition in D.C.  Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites.