National History Day in Missouri is a unique opportunity for you—students in grades 6 to 12—to take charge and explore the past in a creative, hands-on way. While producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website, become an expert on the topic of your choosing!
When you are part of NHD, you choose how you want to present your research, so check out the different categories. Interested in making films and learning about video editing? Make a documentary. Do you love to write? Enter the paper category. Ready to try your hand at web design? This is your chance!
National History Day not only provides you with invaluable experience in different fields; it is also a great activity to put on your college applications and resumes. Check out our guide on how to put NHD on your applications!
Check out student resources to learn more.
Now that you know the categories you can choose from, your next decision is how you want to work on your project: individually or in a group? You decide! If you are interested in writing a paper, then you automatically have selected an individual project. However, any of the other categories can be individual or group (2 to 5 people).
Read real student experiences
"We loved our National History Day experience and would do it again in a heartbeat!" -ES&RC
"I grew fascinated with history and learned valuable tools for research and composition." -SJ
"I really enjoyed the energy of the judges during my performances." -ZH
"I chose the topic of the Dust Bowl because the environment is something that I've been passionate about for a long time. I wanted to do a project that could showcase the importance of taking care of our Earth." -HR
"We received TWO letters from Jane Goodall. We were so excited to hear from her!" -AH&KM
"I was asked to present at 18 club and organization meetings and had several articles appear in the local newspaper." -LK
"Speaking before an audience of over 600 people was an amazing experience." -JM
You are ready to begin! Explore the NHD national site for more information, and make sure to check out:
Where to Stay?
Make your hotel reservations EARLY . . . Columbia hotels are busy in the spring!
2020 Featured Hotels:
Stoney Creek Inn
From $105/night; free Wi-Fi; heated indoor/outdoor swim-through pool; business center; fitness center; Hearth Bar
Mention the State Historical Society of Missouri
Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East
From $109/night; free hot breakfast; free Wi-Fi; free popcorn and soft drinks; pool and fitness center
Drury Inn & Suites Columbia
From $99/night; free hot breakfast; free Wi-Fi; pool and fitness center
Mention NHDMO when you make your reservation.
Where to Park?
Head to the MU parking garages on Hitt, University, Virginia, Conley, and Turner Avenues. These are FREE on Saturdays!
Where to Eat?