Youth converge on C of I for National History Day

The College of Idaho is set to host National History Day in Idaho, the finale of a year-long enrichment program that provides exciting ways for middle and high school students to study historical issues, ideas, people and events. The annual event, sponsored by the Idaho State Historical Society, runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, on the C of I campus in Caldwell. More than 300 Idaho students from grades 4-12 will compete for awards, scholarships and a slot in this summer’s national competition in Maryland.

“National History Day in Idaho is an exciting way to engage students in history by pulling them out of the classroom and into the world of a professional historian,” said National History Day coordinator Lori Hickman. “By exploring archives, libraries and other resources, students uncover new information to form their own original insights and conclusions. It’s a great way to teach students critical thinking skills while also instilling a lifelong love of history.”

Students qualified for National History Day by placing in one of six regional events earlier this school year. They now will compete for dozens of awards, including College of Idaho scholarships worth $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000; the $2,000 Idaho Centennial Scholarship; and the Idaho State Historical Society Trustees’ and Director’s Award $500 grand prize. First- and second-place winners also qualify for the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, taking place June 12-16 at the University of Maryland in College Park. For more information, visit

The theme of this year’s National History Day event is “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange.” Students have created exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites and historical papers to showcase their findings. The projects will be judged throughout the morning and early afternoon, when the exhibits and documentaries will be open for public viewing at Jewett Auditorium, the Langroise Center for Performing and Fine Arts, the Kathryn Albertson International Center, McCain Student Center and other venues on the C of I campus. An awards ceremony is set for 4 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars and 14 Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit