National History Day in Missouri is an exciting way to encourage young people to explore history and teach them to understand historical issues, ideas, people, and events. It is a year long educational activity that promotes the development of knowledgeable, skilled, enthusiastic, creative learners and citizens.
The Missouri State Archives is proud to be the sponsor of the regional competition (Region 4) for the central Missouri area. Students in grades 6-12 from schools in Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, and Saline counties conduct research on topics related to a broad annual theme. Individually or in groups these students conduct research in libraries, archives, and museums; many conduct oral interviews and visit historic sites.
Each year approximately 700,000 students from across the United States participate in National History Day. Participants are divided into a Junior Division (grades 6-8) and a Senior Division (grades 9-12). There are seven categories in each division, which are grouped by presentation type and may include, individual or group, performances, documentaries, or exhibits, or an individual historical paper.
Student interns and staff of the Missouri State Archives annually compile and post a list of possible theme-related Missouri Research topics. Other repositories, including the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Columbia, and the Harry S Truman Library, Independence, compile annual lists of theme-related materials available to students who visit or send queries to their reference facilities.
The central Missouri regional contest is held each year in late winter. The top three place finishers in each category are eligible to participate in the state contest at the University of Missouri-Columbia in April. First and second place finishers at the National History Day in Missouri competition proceed to the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland-College Park in June.
2014 National History Day theme is Rights and Responsibilities in History
Region 4 Historical Paper, Website and Documentary virtual contest February 17 – March 4, 2014
Region 4 Performance and Exhibit live contest in Columbia on March 7, 2014 from 4 to 7 PM
Columbia Public Schools’ Aslin Administration Building, 1818 West Worley Street
State Contest at the University of Missouri-Columbia on April 26, 2014
National Contest at the University of Maryland in College Park on June 15 – 19, 2014
For information about the central Missouri regional program contact:
Shelly J. Croteau
Coordinator, Region 4 National History Day in Missouri
Missouri State Archives
P.O. Box 1747, 600 West Main
Jefferson City, MO 65102