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Sponsored by the Museum of Florida History since 1988, Florida History Day (FHD) is an annual, statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history. Florida joins 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and international schools in East and South Asia as an affiliate of National History Day® (NHD). Established in 1974, NHD promotes history in the classroom by offering students the resources and support to do original research about people, ideas, and events of the past. Students who participate develop a suite of intellectual, personal, and practical skills that will serve them throughout their life.
Based on a theme selected annually by NHD, students in grades 6 to 12 use primary and secondary sources to research a topic relating to local, national, or world history. After analyzing and interpreting the information they have gathered, students express their findings in a paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, or website. Entries are judged in two divisions—Junior (grades 6–8) and Senior (grades 9–12). Winners of school and county contests advance to the state competition, which is held in Tallahassee in May. First- and second-place state winners in each category and division earn the right to represent Florida at the National History Day contest in College Park, Maryland, in June. In 2022‑23, more than 19,000 students in thirty-two counties participated in school, county, and state contests, guided by 650 educators.