As part of National History Day in Colorado, the Center of the American West sponsors an award for the best paper by a Colorado student on a topic in Western American History, and Center staff are involved with regional and state-level competitions.

National History Day in Colorado¬†is not a single day…

National History Day in Colorado is a social studies and literacy program that equips students in elementary, middle, and high school with the skills necessary to succeed in college and the real world. Students participate in a project-based learning curriculum that emphasizes critical reading and thinking, research, analysis, and the drawing of meaningful conclusions. Students can complete these projects in groups or as individuals in one of five categories: documentary, paper, exhibit, performance, or website. They then compete in one of our fifteen regions across the state in either the junior (middle school) or senior (high school) division, or in the elementary poster contest (4th and 5th graders). Regional winners compete at the State Contests in May on the University of Colorado Denver campus. First and second place state winners compete in Nationals at the University of Maryland, College Park in June.

National History Day in Colorado reaches nearly 23,000 students across the state each year. We also provide teacher trainings, research field trips, supply grants, classroom resources, scholarship opportunities for students, and graduate and continuing professional education courses for teachers.