2024 New Mexico History Day Contest

April 13th, registration opens March 9th 

Hosted at the University of New Mexico

Please contact NM State Contest Coordinator Stephanie Wilson at historyday@nmhumanities.org or 505-633-7372 for more information.

Judges are needed! Special Award Sponsorships are still available.

Students, teachers, judges, and volunteers can register for the 2024 regional contests in January. Students, make sure your teacher is registered before you get into the system.

- February 23rd, Southern Regional Contest at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. Register at www.nm-snmrc.nhd.org by February 9th.

- March 1, Northwest Regional Contest at San Juan College in Farmington. Register at https://nm-nwrc.nhd.org/ by February 16th.

- March 8th, Central Regional Contest, National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Register at www.nm-crc.nhd.org by February 23red.

- The state contest will be Saturday, April 13th, at the University of New Mexico. Registration for the state contest will open Monday, March 11th.

Please contact Stephanie Wilson at historyday@nmhumanities.com with questions or problems with the registration process.



The 2023-24 Theme for National History Day is Turning Points in History. The purpose of the annual theme is for students to frame their research while allowing for a broad application to world, national, state, or local history and its relevance from ancient history to the more recent past.

You can learn more from National History Day videos and the theme book at www.NHD.org, and resources about New Mexico topics can be found on the NMHC National History Day page.

2024 Theme: Turning Points in History

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National History Day Rule Book

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Summary of Significant Rule Changes »

Rule Book in Spanish »

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!



There are two divisions: Junior and Senior. Junior division is for grades 6-8; senior division is grades 9-12. The categories are Exhibit, Documentary, Paper, Performance, and Website. Except for the Paper category, which must be done individually, students may work individually or in a group of up to five students.


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Getting Started

Students must use NHDWebCentral (found at nhdwebcentral.org) , to build their websites. To begin, each student must create an account on nhdwebcentral.org. Please refer to our instructional guides at nhd.org/nhdwebcentral on creating an account for a group website. Students should provide an email address when setting up the account, as that is the only way a password can be recovered if forgotten. For students under the age of 13, there will be additional steps to notify a parent or guardian about the creation of an NHDWebCentral account. A unique web address (URL) will be assigned to each entry. This is the URL that judges will use to access a website for judging. Students and teachers must keep this URL noted for reference.

Group Entries

All students working on that particular entry will use their own accounts to access the same website. Please note that when working on the website together, students should work on different areas of the site rather than the same page at the same time. Working on the same page at the same time could result in lost information for one or multiple students.

What if students and teachers have questions?

At NHDWebCentral , participants have access to a variety of resources to help them create their entries. These resources are are available either through the NHDWebCentral Help library or the NHDWebCentral Contact Us form. If participants still cannot find answers to their questions, they may contact their affiliate NHD Coordinator at NHDHelp@nmhumanities.org or NHD staff at it@nhd.org.

NHDWebCentral Tools

The tools or elements within at NHDWebCentral are powerful and intuitive. These tools were designed to make website construction easy while also meeting the needs of more advanced users, who will find advanced editing tools and custom HTML features.

Site URL and 8-digit ID

When website entry accounts are set up at NHDWebCentral (nhdwebcentral.org), a unique URL is assigned. The URL will be formatted like this: http://site.nhd.org/ 12345678 . The bold part of this example is the unique 8-digit ID for the website entry. Students and teachers should be sure to note this 8-digit ID because they will need to fill out this information when registering for the NHD contests.

Contest Registration and Judging

When registering for the NHD contests (regional, state/affiliate, or national), the Site URL and/or the 8-digit ID will be requested. Students should double check that they have entered this information correctly, as an incorrect URL could mean the judges will not be able to evaluate a website. During judging periods, editing capabilities on the websites will be locked. Once judging periods end, sites will be unlocked and those entries to advance can be modified before the next level of competition.

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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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