The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is issuing a call for volunteers to help students express creativity through history. Volunteer judges are needed for the 2019 National History Day in Indiana (NHDI) contests, including a regional event, Saturday, Feb. 23, at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN.
NHDI is a yearlong program in which students in grades 4 through 12 research a historical topic of their choosing and create projects in the form of documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites. This year’s theme is “Triumph & Tragedy in History.”
At each regional contest, judges work in teams to interview students about their project, give feedback, and ultimately, rank winners. Regional winners advance to the state contest, where the top two entries from each junior and senior category become eligible to compete in June at the National Contest for National History Day (NHD).
No experience is necessary to serve as a judge. Approximate time commitment is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the contest. Teachers who volunteer as judges are eligible for Professional Growth Points (PGPs) from IHS.
NHDI is presented by the Indiana National Guard, The Richard W. and Irene Rooker Family Foundation and the Vigran Family Foundation. To register as a volunteer judge, visit or call (317) 232-1882.