New Mexico National History Day

National History Day  

National History Day is a statewide and national network of students focused on academic research. NHD provides New Mexico students with the research tools to succeed on a national platform.

National NHD Contest Awards Ceremony

June 12th-18th (TIMES TBA), National History Contest
New Mexico is sending fifty-nine students to this year’s virtual National History Contest, which will take place online from June 12th-18th. We’ll share more information about the schedule and how you can support our young scholars in next month’s newsletter. Fear the Chile! For news and updates please visit:

State NHD Contest Awards Ceremony

This event was held on April 10th at 2pm MST
This April New Mexico State Historian Rob Martinez and the New Mexico Humanities Council’s Executive Director Brandon Johnson announced the winners of the New Mexico National History Day contest. 
Students worked hard on their projects all year, and this virtual state contest was the culmination of months of student research and critical thinking on this year’s NHD theme, Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences. The top two in each category were selected to participate in the virtual national NHD contest this June. In addition, several special awards were be given. 


2022 New Mexico National History Day  

Registration for the virtual state contest is open! 

2022 Theme: Debate & Diplomacy

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

The registration fee is $25. If you are a student, please contact your teacher for details. If you are a teacher, please register and then contact the state coordinator if you have any questions.

If you are interested in judging, please click here to register or contact the state coordinator with any questions.

What is History Day?


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 State History Day Coordinators »

2021-2022 theme information: Debate & Diplomacy »


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

NM State Coordinator New Mexico Humanities Council

Central Regional Coordinator Stephanie Wilson

Southern Regional Coordinator Victor Oaxaca

Northern Regional Coordinator Erin Gockel

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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We are grateful for support from these generous organizations

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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