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About History Day

History Day in Ohio is an exciting co-curricular program for students in grades 6-12.
Each year, students work as individuals or in teams, conducting research based on the year’s theme, and creating a project in one of the following categories: 
  • Historical papers 
  • Original Performances
  • Media Documentaries
  • Exhibits
  • Websites
Register for National History Day 2014!
Download the 2014 Contest Fact Sheet

During the District 3 Contest, students present their project to a team of volunteer judges gathered from our community, explaining their research process and answering questions about their project. Awards are given at the end of the day in each category, and special prizes are also awarded from community groups. The district’s qualifying winners go on to Ohio History Day, the State competition in Columbus, Ohio. State winners have the opportunity to compete in National History Day in June.  Our competition is open to all public schools, private schools, parochial schools, virtual academies, home schools and independent students.
This year's district contest will take place on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at WRHS and Case Western Reserve University. The contest theme for 2014 is "Rights and Responsibilities". Click here for more information about this year's theme from National History Day! 

The 2013 Contest Winners!
Take a look back at the 2012 winners!
Look back at the 2011 winners: 
Click here for the complete list.

Special Prizes are awarded each year by local community groups.
Don’t miss the chance to win this new cash prize from Teaching Cleveland for best documentary and best website! Download the prize announcement here.

Contact Us! 

John Vacha, District 3 Coordinator
Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Email: jvacha@wrhs.org 
Phone: (216) 721-5722 x1503.
Fax: (216) 721-0891
For immediate concerns or to leave an urgent message, please contact the WRHS Education Department at 216-721-5722 x1502.

On Contest Day…
District 3 History Day will take place Saturday, March 15, 2014 - All categories are judged on either on the Case Western Reserve University Campus or at the Western Reserve Historical Society in University Circle. Please check back for closer to contest day for locations, times, and more helpful information. 

National History Day is a meaningful way for students to study historical issues, ideas, people and events by engaging in historical research. When studying history through historical research, students and teachers practice critical inquiry: asking questions of significance, time and place. Through careful questioning history students are immersed in a detective story too engaging to stop reading.
- Excerpt From National History Day 2011