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Volunteers Needed for 2020 National History Day in South Dakota State Contest

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The National History Day in South Dakota program is looking for volunteers to help with the 39th annual state contest. The contest, held April 8 at the University Student Union at South Dakota State University, will bring approximately 220 students and their teachers, parents and school administrators together to compete for a chance to compete at the national contest held in June.

The students participating in the state contest are the top entries from our four regional contests to be held in Aberdeen, Buffalo, Pierre and Sioux Falls throughout March. To participate in a National History Day contest, students create a historical research project using in and out of school time. National History Day projects are truly student lead: they pick their topic, if they want to work as an individual or in a group and what kind of project they want to make (documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website).

Volunteers are needed to serve in many capacities, including judges, door monitors and timers.

“The great part about judging at the state contest is that people can help with what they are interested in. People who enjoy watching documentaries at home can choose to be a documentary judge. If someone likes watching plays or musicals, they can judge in the performance category. Even if you don’t know a lot about history, the students will show you what’s important about their project,” said Sarah Jacobs, National History Day in South Dakota affiliate coordinator.

National History Day in South Dakota, operated through the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, needs more than 90 volunteers to evaluate projects, select award winners, and keep judging rooms running smoothly. The top two projects in each category can move on to the national contest held at the University of Maryland in June. If you are interested in being a volunteer or judge, sign up online at or contact Sarah Jacobs at or by calling 605-688-6226.

About National History Day
NHD is a nonprofit education organization in College Park, Maryland. Established in 1974, NHD offers yearlong academic programs that engage over half a million middle and high school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit

About the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum
The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum’s mission is to inspire a passion for the diverse history, culture and science of agriculture in South Dakota. It is the official State museum for preserving the history of agriculture and rural life of South Dakota and a department of South Dakota State University. It is the state coordinator for National History Day. It is located in the historic Stock Judging Pavilion on the SDSU campus at 977 11th Street in Brookings. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5p.m. For more information, call 605-688-6226 or visit