National History Day in Korea

Congratulations to the 270 students from 16 schools across Korea who participated in NHD Korea on 24 February 2018.


then and now

What began as a one-day event first held at Case Western University in Ohio in 1974, National History Day has grown into a global academic phenomenon in which over 600,000 students in grades 6-12 produce original works of historical analysis.

Students present their research in a variety of media, including websites, documentary films, dramatic performances and research papers, competing in local and regional competitions to advance to the national finals held each June in Washington, D.C.

The organization has been called “National History Day” since its founding, but the name that once reflected the ambition of its founders now understates the true scope of the enterprise. Not only are there National History Day events in each of the 50 U.S states, but now there are also chapters in Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and a growing number of East Asian countries.

With each new school that joins the ranks, and each new student who discovers and unlocks a passion for the study of history, National History Day furthers its stated goal of teaching essential historical literacy and, by studying the past, to inform the present and shape the future.

NHD Korea: 5,000 years to explore

Korea has been participating in NHD since 2012. That year the top two entries in each senior category were invited to compete in Shanghai for a chance to advance to the NHD National Contest at the University of Maryland. In 2013, NHD Korea held its first affiliate level contest and the top two entries in each senior division (grades 9-12) category advanced to the national contest. The following year, 2014 NHD Korea also advanced students in the junior division (grades 6-8).