National History Day in Kentucky (NHDKy), the state affiliate of National History Day, gives students the opportunity to explore the past in a creative, hands-on way. NHDKy challenges students in grades 4-12 to think like historians. Students choose their own topics and conduct their own research to produce a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website, becoming experts on a topic while learning real-world skills.
Students may work in a group or individually, depending on the format they choose, and have the option to present their findings in NHDKy competition. Competition is not required; students might instead arrange to present their work in their school or in a local historical organization or library.
The Kentucky Historical Society coordinates this adaptable academic program. It is one of many activities from which Kentucky Junior Historical Society groups may choose, but students do not have to be members to participate.