New Mexico National History Day

National History Day  

National History Day is a year-long academic program based on statewide and national networks. NHD provides New Mexico students and teachers with the research tools to succeed on a national platform.

2024 New Mexico History Day


2024 Theme: Turning Points in History

Registration will open for the 2024 contests after the first of the year.

Feb. 23, Southern Regional Contest at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. 

March 1, Northwest Regional Contest at San Juan College.

March 8, Central Regional Contest, National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. 

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Judges, information will arrive in your inbox soon!


What is History Day? It's not just a day—it's an experience!


National History Day Contest

The New Mexico Humanities Council invites history teachers of grades six through twelve to participate in preparing their students for the New Mexico State National History Day Competition. Workshops are given around the state each autumn to help teachers integrate National History Day activities into the curriculum.



School and Regional History Day contests are held in late winter in Farmington, Las Cruces, and Albuquerque. Regional winners compete in the NM state finals in early spring. The top two finishers in each category at the state contest become eligible to advance to the National History Day competition held each June at the University of Maryland.



History Day is an exciting way for students to study and learn about historical issues, ideas, people, and events. This year-long educational program fosters academic achievement and intellectual growth. Students acquire useful historical knowledge and perspective while developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will help them manage and use information now and in the future. History Day also promotes continuing education for secondary school teachers and provides history teachers with innovative teaching tools.


Email the State History Day Coordinator »

2022-2023 theme information: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas (More New Mexico specific information coming soon!) »


To participate, or for specific questions & contest rules, contact:

Central Regional Coordinator Drew Sedrel

Southern Regional Coordinator Victor Oaxaca

Northern Regional Coordinator Karen McCay

New Mexico State Coordinator Stephanie Wilson
tel: (505) 633-7372

Click here to email the New Mexico National History Day Coordinator »


For general information, contact:

National History Day 4511 Knox Rd. Suite 102 College Park, MD 20740 301-314-9739 email:

Click here for NHD website »

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Historical Society of New Mexico, a Gila Level Sponsor ($1,000)

University of New Mexico Department of History, a Gila Level Sponsor

Los Alamos Historical Society, a San Juan Level Sponsor ($100)

Doña Ana County Historical Society, a San Juan Level Sponsor

Charles Redd Center, a San Juan Level Sponsor

New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

Numerous generous individual donors who make possible our special awards and otherwise support the program


You, too, can support National History Day in New Mexico. CLICK HERE to make your donation today!




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