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
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
Senior Individual Documentary
The Treaty to End all Wars
Hawken School, Rennie Greenfield
Discovery & Exploration in History Special Prize Winner
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
Congratulations and good luck to the 16 Region 3 projects that qualified for the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland in June!
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
History Day Resources
Take a look back at winners from past years:
For general History Day inquiries, please contact:
|Mary Manning, Region 3 History Day Coordinator
Cleveland History Center
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
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