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Wyoming History Day

Wyoming History Day

The National History Day program is a year-long education program that culminates in a national contest every June. Wyoming History Day, administered by the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center, occurs every year in April.

National History Day engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.
 
Many different people participate in the Wyoming History Day program, including Wyoming students and teachers, the University of Wyoming, Wyoming State Historical Society, the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, The John P. Ellbogen Foundation, and community business like Taco John's, who generously support the Wyoming History Day program with grants and special awards.

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2019 State Contest: April 14-15, 2019

The state competition for History Day in Wyoming is scheduled for April 14-15, 2019 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

2019 National History Day Contest: June 9-13, 2019

​The national contest will be held June 9-13, 2019 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Wyoming History Sample Topics, Triumph and Tragedy in History

The murder of Matthew Shepard, 1998:
Articles: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/murder-matthew-shepard 
and
https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/murder-matthew-shepard

The Cokeville Elementary School bombing, 1986:
https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/cokeville-elementary-school-bombing
and see "Related Articles" in the sidebar to the right of the main article for links to a dozen oral histories about the event.

The Black 14, 1969
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/black-14-race-politics-religion-and-wyoming-football
Oral history: https://www.wyohistory.org/oral-histories/former-university-wyoming-football-player-mel-hamilton-his-life-and-black-14
Oral history: https://www.wyohistory.org/oral-histories/dr-willie-black-chancellor-black-student-alliance-1969-black-14
Digital Toolkit lesson plan: https://www.wyohistory.org/education/toolkit/black-14

Japanese Internment at Heart Mountain, 1942-1945
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/brief-history-heart-mountain-relocation-center
Digital Toolkit lesson plan: https://www.wyohistory.org/education/toolkit/internment-camp-heart-mountain-1942-1945

The Deadly Blackwater Fire, 1939
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/deadly-blackwater-fire

The Death of Earl Durand, 1939
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/last-days-earl-durand

Tragedy and Triumph in the Life of Nellie Tayloe Ross:
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/ambition-nellie-tayloe-ross

Indian Boarding Schools
Article to be posted in November 2018

Danger and Safety, Tragedy and Triumph in Wyoming Coal Mines
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/thunder-under-house-one-family-and-hanna-mine-disasters
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/most-dangerous-occupation-quest-safety-wyomings-coal-mines

Tragedy at Lightning Creek, 1903
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/trouble-lightning-creek-stained-page-wyomings-history

Triumph over the desert: Mormon Irrigators in the Bighorn Basin
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/mormon-colonizers-wyomings-bighorn-basin

The Invasion of Johnson County, 1892
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/johnson-county-war-1892-invasion-northern-wyoming

The Rock Springs Massacre, 1885
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/rock-springs-massacre

Triumph of Survival: The Arapaho Arrive on Wind River,1878
https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/arapaho-arrive-two-nations-one-reservation

Tragedy and Triumph in the Indian Wars:
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/gathering-tribes-cheyennes-come-together-after-sand-creek
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/battles-platte-bridge-station-and-red-buttes
Digital Toolkit lesson plan: https://www.wyohistory.org/education/toolkit/fights-platte-bridge-white-and-native-views

Votes for Women, 1869
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/right-choice-wrong-reasons-wyoming-women-win-right-vote

Triumph or Tragedy: The Shoshone Treaties of 1863 and 1868
https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/coming-wind-river-eastern-shoshone-treaties-1863-and-1868

The Mormon Handcart Disaster of 1856
https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/journey-martins-cove-mormon-handcart-tragedy-1856

Triumph and Tragedy on the Emigrant Trails
Article: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/trails-across-wyoming-oregon-mormon-pioneer-and-california-routes
More than 60 more articles on the Oregon, California and Mormon trails across Wyoming: https://www.wyohistory.org/education/oregon-trail