History Day


Founded in Cleveland in 1974, National History Day is a project-based learning experience for students in grades 6-12 that builds college and career skills for the 21st century by making the historical past relevant to the present and the future.  To participate, students choose topics in relation to the yearly theme, conduct research, and present their findings as a paper, exhibit, documentary, website, or performance.  In the process, students learn critical thinking skills through finding and evaluating primary and secondary sources, and they hone their creativity in building arguments and presenting their findings in one of the five formats. History Day projects, which may be done in the classroom, afterschool, or independently, empower students to become true scholars.  Student projects are evaluated by volunteer judges, and the top projects advance to represent Region 3 (Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, and Summit counties) in a state-wide competition. Winners at state go on to compete at the national competition, where the top prize remains a 4-year scholarship to Case Western Reserve University.

Registration is now open for our first REV Up Research Day on December 8!  


From 10am to 1pm, students will get one-on-one feedback from a History Day staffer, refine their research plans, and consult with the Reference staff in our Research Library. Especially for students working on Northeast Ohio topics, the WRHS Research Library will have great primary sources. For national and global topics, our Reference staff will still be able to find unique sources to help History Day projects stand out.

Admission: $10 for each student, plus one FREE adult chaperone admission. (This includes all-day access to the Research Library and the museum).

Parking: $5 special rate

For $15, students may purchase a Research Library Pass valid for 3 months and receive free admission to one REV Up. (Must be purchased in person.)

For more information, and to REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/DecREVUp2018

Congratulations to these Region 3 Ohio History Day Winners and Qualifiers at the June 10-14, 2018 National History Day Competition in College Park, Maryland. Well done! We are so very proud of you!

10th Place Junior Individual Performance 

Stella Naymik

Junior Individual Performance

The Clash Between the Ku Klux Klan and the Knights of the Flaming Circle in Niles, OH

St. Barnabas School, Judith Darus

Top Twenty Qualifier

Margaret Murray

Senior Individual Documentary

The Treaty to End all Wars

Hawken School, Rennie Greenfield

Discovery & Exploration in History Special Prize Winner

Vaishnavi Nayak

Junior Individual Website

Montezuma’s Compromise: The Arrival of Cortes and the Fall of the Aztecs

Mayfield Middle School, Rachael Streitman


Congratulations to this year’s winner of the Case Western Reserve University, David Van Tassel Founders Award. We hope to see you soon, in Cleveland!

Student: Cecilia Zielke
Category: Senior Group Exhibit
Title: The Mau Mau Uprising: A Compromise to End the Conflict of British-Kenyan Colonialism
School: Kohler High School
Kohler, Wisconsin

Click here to view the complete Ohio results for NHD


Click here for State Contest results for Region 3 Students.

Congratulations and good luck to the 16 Region 3 projects that qualified for the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland in June!

Click here to see 2018 winners from Region 3 Ohio History Day.


Interested in participating in 2019, when the theme will be Triumph and Tragedy in History?


The next Region 3 Ohio History Day will be held March 16, 2019.


Teacher Workshop: Saturday, September 15, 2018
REV Up Research Days at the WRHS Library – December 8, 2018, and (tentative) January 26, 2019
Contest Registration Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019
Late Registration Deadline: March 1, 2019
Paper, Documentary, and Website submission deadline: March 1, 2019
Registration Fee (until February 15): $10
Late Registration (February 15 – March 1): $15


Click here to download a flyer for the 2019 contest.

History Day Resources

For Teachers | Rule Book | Middle School Guide | High School Guide

For Students | Topic Ideas | Choose a Project Category | National History Day Student Resources  |Local Ties to National Topics

For Judges | What to Expect When Judging | Categories | Rule Book | Sample Evaluation Forms

Take a look back at winners from past years:

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

For general History Day inquiries, please contact:

Mary Manning, Region 3 History Day Coordinator  
Cleveland History Center
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Email: historyday@wrhs.org
Phone: (216) 721-5722 ext. 1503
Fax: (216) 721-0891











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