Various Dates and Locations from February 25 to May 6, 8am-12:30pm

What is National History Day? This yearlong education program is dedicated to enhancing history education in elementary and secondary schools. Students in grades four through 12 explore a historical subject related to an annual theme and then use their research to create exhibits, original performances, documentaries, websites and papers.

What do general volunteers do? Volunteers assist participants and contest staff throughout the day. Typical assignments include directing students and parents to rooms, assisting staff at information tables and monitoring presentation rooms.

What do volunteer judges do? Judges work in teams to interview students and evaluate student projects based on their research and presentation. Judges’ comments provide helpful feedback to students who advance to the next level of competition as they revise and improve their entries. For students who do not advance to the next level, judges’ comments are especially important as they encourage the development of students’ research and presentation skills for the future. Judges are typically comprised of college or graduate students, teachers, professors, librarians, museum professionals or anyone from the history and education professional communities.

What will be my time commitment? For judges, the day begins at 8 a.m. with an orientation led by the event coordinator over complimentary morning snacks and coffee. Preliminary judging takes place from 9 a.m. until noon. Afterwards, a complimentary lunch is served while judges deliberate.

Sound good? Check out the dates and sign up today! Contact Lori Murray with any questions at


About the Indiana Historical Society

ihs_volSince 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programming. IHS is headquartered in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center – home of the Indiana Experience.