Alabama History Day

Alabama History Day is the state affiliate contest of National History Day, a history competition that engages middle school and high school students in robust and creative historical research. Start researching for next year: March 3, 2023.

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About Alabama History Day

NOTE: Alabama History Day 2023 will take place March 3, 2023, at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Alabama History Day fosters interdisciplinary historical research, interpretation, and creative expression. Each year, National History Day announces a theme that students can use to help inform their research topic.

Students can present their findings as a Paper, Documentary, Website, Performance, or Exhibit. Students work individually or in groups of up to five. By participating in Alabama History Day, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history.

Students compete in our state competition, traditionally held in March. Winning competitors are eligible to move on to National History Day in the nation’s capital each June.


History Day 2023 Timeline
  • Registration opens: December 5, 2022
  • Project submission deadline: February 13, 2023
  • Alabama History Day event: March 3, 2023 (Auburn University at Montgomery)
  • Theme: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas
  • National History Day: Date TBD (College Park, Maryland / Washington, D.C.)


History Day 2022 Recap


Past Alabama History Day Winners:


Alabama History Day Summer Camp

June 27-July 1, 2022

We hosted a free summer camp in historic Tuskegee for kids who love history and being creative! Participating students learned to research history topics and develop ideas for Alabama History Day 2023. Lunch, technology, and field research trip to Tuskegee University was included.

Interested in bringing a History Day teacher workshop or summer camp to your community? Call 205.558.3992 or email

Welcome, students!

The Alabama History Day staff invites you to get creative and demonstrate your critical thinking skills in our annual competition. The best thing about this competition is that YOU select the topic and the presentation format! We have a ton of guides and other resources to help you along the way, whether you build a website, create an exhibit, write a paper, prepare a live performance or film a documentary.

You may work solo or in groups of up to five students. Also, groups can be made up of students in different grade levels, as long as you are in the same division. 

  • Junior Division – grades 6-8
  • Senior Division – grades 9-12

If group projects are your thing, start texting your friends and classmates and get to work!


Getting started

First things first! Review the National History Day rule book with your teacher and family. This will be your guide to a successful project. You can find the rule book HERE. The Spanish version of the rule book can be found HERE.


Review the theme

Before you select a topic, you want to find inspiration in the national theme. The 2022 theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. You can find the annual theme book HERE and the theme video HERE.


Select a topic

Begin by thinking about a time in history or individuals or events that are interesting to you. Start a list of ideas.

    • – Read books, blogs, and newspapers.
    • – Review websites, news reports, and podcasts.
    • – Talk with relatives, neighbors, or other people you know who have lived through a particular time in history that interests you.
    • – Keep thinking, reading, and talking to people until you have many ideas that are interesting.
    • – Consider Alabama History Day and National History Day Special Awards topics
    • – Check out National History Day student resources


Now, go back through your ideas and circle those that you can easily connect with the theme. From the ideas that you circled, select one to begin your research.

Research, Research, Research

After identifying a topic, you must explain its significance in history. Develop an argument for the historical impact of the person, event, pattern or idea being studied.

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From citations to word count, it's important to review the submission requirements for formatting. You must provide the proper documentation and be prepared to answer judges' questions about your research and presentation.

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Special Awards

Each year a variety of Special Awards are offered during the Alabama History Day contest to recognize student achievement in particular topic areas. Many of the awards come with cash prizes from our partners.

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For more information and to get involved in Alabama History Day, call 205.558.3992 or email