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. 

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Guidance

Judges, information will arrive in your inbox soon!


Category Specific Resources

Click the links for category specific resources and examples of winning projects.

Documentary Resources »

Exhibit Resources »

Paper Resources »

Performance Resources »

Website Resources »


Citations and bibliographic references must follow the most recent edition of one of the two permitted style guides below. Regardless of which manual you use, the style must be consistent throughout all written material.

1. The Chicago Manual of Style by the University of Chicago Press

2. MLA Handbook by the Modern Languages Association of America

Example Bibliography - State »

Chicago Manual of Style Quick Guide »

MLA Formatting and Style Guide »

Bibliographical Tools

As a result of an exclusive partnership between National History Day and NoodleTools, enrolled teachers can provide NoodleTools to student applicants working on NHD projects. Bibme is a free bibliography creator.

Bibme Bibliography Maker »

Click for more about NoodleTools »

Thinking Like a Historian

Adult Help

Parents and teachers play an important role in helping students complete the process of researching and developing entries. Following are answers to some questions about adult involvement in the History Day process. Rule of thumb: Adults can do things with History Day students, but not for them. Examples:

  • * It is permissible for adults to help students locate materials and other resources, but they may not take notes, conduct interviews, or reproduce images.
  • * Students may have film professionally developed and use copy services at libraries and archives.
  • * Students MUST operate all the equipment related to the production and presentation of a documentary entry. This includes cameras, video recorders, sound recording equipment, and editing equipment.
  • * Students are responsible for reviewing sources and for deciding on their usefulness for their entries.
  • * Students may/should have assistance with potentially dangerous equipment such as power tools. However students are responsible for the ultimate design, construction, and presentation of their entries.
  • * Students are responsible for setting up their own exhibits and props, and for running their own equipment at all levels of History Day.

Process Paper

The process paper should not be over 500 words and should include four paragraphs addressing topic choice, research conduction, presentation category, and the relationship to theme. Students should bring the needed copies of your process paper and bibliography to the contest if the category requires it. See the 2021 NHD Rule Book for detailed information about the requirements for the process paper.

NHD Rule Book (Spanish) »

New Mexico History Books Online

Many great New Mexico history resources are available for free online from Google Books. These full text ebooks can be enjoyed on any e-book device, and many are excellent primary sources for New Mexico History Day projects. Use the index on the left to search titles, dates, and authors.

Google Library: New Mexico History »

Additional History Day Resources

Judging information »

Perspectives on History Day

Created by students from Moriarty High School




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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