Important Dates & Times

not specified
Friday February 28, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Friday March 13, 2020 at 8:30 AM
Friday March 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Friday March 13, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Friday March 13, 2020 at 10:30 AM

To download a copy of the Ntional History Day Rule Book click HERE.

Or get the PDF.History Day Contest-Rule-Book.pdf

National History Day®(NHD) is a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland. NHD offers year-long 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. Since 1974, NHD has continuously improved history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. The largest NHD program is the National History Day Contest that encourages more than half a million students around the world to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. Students enter these projects at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.


Public Display

Your Exhibits will be on display in the University Center from 10:20 am until the awards ceremony at 11:00.

Your for friends, family, and the public are welcome to come and view your hard work and great accomplishment.

What to Expect During the contest - Schedule subject to change

8:30-9:00 Students will set up Exhibits

9:00 - 9:50 Judges will view exhibits, documentaries, and review papers and websites

9:50-10:20 Judges will interview students

10:20 - 10:50 Judges deliberate

11:00 Awards Ceremony




Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

Judge Criteria

Historical Quality (60%)
Historical accuracy
Historical context
Analysis and interpretation
Use of available primary sources
Wide research
Balanced research

Relation to Theme (20%)
Clearly relates to theme
Demonstrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions

Clarity of Presentation (20%)
Presentation, written materials are original, clear, appropriate, organized and articulate
Entry is organized; visual impact is appropriate to topic



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