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, after school, 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.

2020 Theme

Download the 2020 National History Day Theme Book

History Day Teacher Workshop | Sat., Sept. 14

9:00am-1:00pm | Cleveland History Center

Teachers, join us for our Ohio History Day Teacher Workshop on Saturday, September 14, from 9am-1pm to learn more about the History Day format, how to get your class or afterschool club involved, and what resources are available for History Day teachers.  History Day participants build college and career skills for the 21st century by making the historical past relevant to the present and the future. Click here to register!

Interested in participating in Ohio History Day as a student, teacher, or judge?

What to learn more about the program?


The next Region 3 Ohio History Day will be held March 7, 2020

Contest Registration Deadline: February 7, 2020
Late Registration Deadline: February 21, 2020
Paper, Documentary, and Website submission deadline: February 21, 2020
Registration Fee (until February 7): $10
Late Registration (February 7 – 21): $15

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 2018 2019

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