National History Day 2022

An Opportunity for Future Historians and Future Social Studies Teachers.

May 9, 2022
Social Studies Education Majors

Since 1974, the National History Day non-profit education organization has offered annual year-long academic programs that engages over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world in conducting original research on historical topics of History.

This year’s theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History and the Eastern Washington University Social Studies Education program was pleased to host the Regional History Day Competition in person!

EWU has hosted the regional competition for almost 30 years, and after being virtual due to the pandemic, it was a joy to welcome 149 students from 9 schools in the region to campus to present, connect, and share their love of history.

Faculty Judge giving notes to middle school participantsHistory Day is a competition that encourages historical research, critical analysis, and civic engagement at the regional, state, and national levels and students present their research in one of five categories: papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, and websites to a table of judges.

This year there were 41 judges from ten different programs at EWU who volunteered their time. Social Studies Education Majors get the opportunity to participate as judges as well as gain valuable experience in the implementation of inquiry-based education, which better prepares them to address State standards in their future classrooms.

Of the 149 students that participated, 80 students went on to compete in the Washington History Day competition on April 30th with several taking home prizes and 5 students advancing to the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. this Summer.Regional History Day Judges hard at work

EWU looks forward to continuing to host this event and anticipates more student participants, from more schools, moving forward!