Press Release

Informational session slated for Sept. 26 on upcoming National History Day competition

BANGOR, Maine — National History Day open house will be held 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the lecture hall of Bangor Public Library. Free pizza, snacks and drinks. Learn about a statewide and national history contest for students in grades six through 12.

Each year more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers, participate in the contest nationally. This year students will choose a research topic related to the theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History,” and the statewide contest will be held on April 12, 2014, at University of Maine, Orono. Individual students, or teams of two-five students, can choose to enter the competition in one of five categories  and are judged in Junior (grade 6-8) and Senior (grade 9-12) divisions. The contest categories are documentary video, performance, website, exhibit and paper.

Students, parents, teachers, and the general public are welcome to the informal orientation.

To learn more contact State Coordinator John Taylor (Margaret Chase Smith Library) at or 474-7133, or visit the Maine NHD website:

 This event is co-hosted by the Bangor Museum & History Center, Bangor Public Library, Maine Discovery Museum, and is funded by the UMaine Humanities Initiative.

The entire schedule is as follows:

  • 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26: Pizza & Introductory Info Session in the Lecture Hall of the Bangor Public Library
  • National History Day Teacher Institute, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, UMaine Or0no campus. To register or for info, please contact Professor Liam Riordan: or 581-1913.
  • Maine Council for the Social Studies annual conference on Nov. 8, at Augusta Civic Center. National History Day panel 9:35-10:45 a.m.: Devin Beliveau (teacher, Thornton Academy), Christopher Ohge, PhD (digital specialist, UMaine Humanities Initiative), Professor Liam Riordan (History, UMaine).
  • National History Day teacher workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Maine Historical Society, Portland, in partnership with Maine Humanities Council. For more information, contact Larissa Vigue Picard:
  • Deadline for schools and/or students to register to compete at Maine History Day on Friday, March 28, 2014.
  • Statewide competition 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, on UMaine Orono campus.
  • Prize-winning student work from exhibit and website categories on display April-May 2014 at Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor.
  • National History Day work, especially live performances, featured May 17, 2014, at UMaine Humanities Initiative’s Public Humanities Day in downtown Bangor and at the Maine Discovery Museum.
  • Deadline for state winners to register for national competition in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 20.
  • National competition Sunday-Thursday, June 15-19, at University of Maryland, College Park, and Washington, D.C.


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