Focus Group Opportunities at the National Contest

National History Day has one student and two teacher focus group opportunities available this year at the National Contest!


Senior Division students—at this year’s National History Day Contest, find out how you can help The National WWII Museum preserve the stories of WWII veterans. The National WWII Museum is seeking 5 Student Ambassadors to collect oral histories from WWII veterans in their home areas. These oral histories will be accessioned into the Museum’s collection and considered for the Museum’s permanent exhibits, special exhibits and online collection.

WWII Museum student ambassadors will receive $1,000 stipends for their work. Students wishing to become ambassadors should have accessibility to High Definition video equipment and be willing to locate WWII veterans for interviews, research each veteran’s service, follow all National WWII Museum guidelines for collecting oral histories and work in coordination with Museum staff. Applications will be accepted from July-September and the five students will be notified in October. Applications, oral history guidelines and examples of the Museum’s oral histories will be available at these two information sessions on June 17.

  • When: Tuesday, June 17, 10:00-11:00am and 2:00-3:00pm
  • Where: Crossland Room, Stamp Student Union

Please RSVP your attendance to these informational sessions on Tuesday, June 17 by emailing your name and preferred time slot to Nathan Huegen at If a judging conflict arises, we can adjust your time during Contest week.

TEACHERS: Weider History Group

For more than a quarter century, Weider History Group magazines have engaged readers of all ages with probing stories on great personalities, remarkable ideas and epic events. We are proud of our long involvement with National History Day and value the opportunity to work with students and educators. We want to hear from educators about the kinds of content you believe can help instill a love of history in your students.

  • When: Sunday, June 15, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Where: Margaret Brent Room, Stamp Student Union

 TEACHERS: Annenberg Public Policy Center

The Civics Renewal Network, an alliance of 26 organizations that provide free online civics education resources, is launching a new website for teachers at this summer. Feedback from teachers is requested and who are better qualified to do this than NHD teachers? Interested teachers will have an opportunity to try out portions of the website and provide feedback in 15-20 minute time slots.  If interested, please visit the Civics Renewal Network table at contest registration for more information and to sign up for a time slot.

  • When: Sunday, June 15, All day
  • Where: Connect with the Annenberg folks at their table in the Colony Ballroom

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