History Day



Thank you to all who participated in Region 3 Ohio History Day 2018!


List of Award Winners by Category

2018 Contest Totals

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Each spring, the Region 3 Ohio History Day contest brings over 500 students to the Cleveland History Center in University Circle. As Cleveland’s local affiliate of National History Day (NHD), the Cleveland History Center encourages students to present original historical research and compete to qualify for the state competition and to win prizes provided by community organizations. In fact, each year, NHD draws over half a million students to participate nationally and internationally.

National History Day began in Cleveland in 1974, and is now in its 44th year. Founded by David Van Tassel, a history professor at Case Western Reserve University, the local contest empowers students to prepare for a wide variety of college and career paths by allowing them to choose a topic and presentation format that interests them. These hard-working students present months of research as digital documentaries, websites, papers, exhibits, or performances. Through their participation in Ohio History Day, students develop their 21st century skills in evaluating information, solving problems, working in teams, and communicating their ideas.

Each year, generous community groups and organizations from around Northeast Ohio donate Special Prizes to recognize competitors in Region 3 Ohio History Day.  Each prize has its own set of requirements for eligible projects. Entries will be judged and winners selected by representatives from the contributing community group or organization, and winners will be announced during the competition awards ceremony on March 3, 2018.

Check out our list of Special Prizes for 2018!



About History Day 2018

2018 NHD Theme
: Conflict and Compromise in History


Ohio Region 3: Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit


Date: March 3, 2018


Prizes: Compete for cash prizes (regional competition) and Scholarships (national competition)


Middle School Students, grades 6-8, compete in the Junior Division
High School Students, grades 9-12, compete in the Senior Division


  • Individual

·         Historical papers

  • Individual and Team

·         Media Documentaries

·         Exhibits

·         Websites

·         Original Performances


To see photos of the 2017 Region 3 Ohio History Day, head to our Facebook page!

Special thanks to our 2018 sponsors and special prize donors:


Shaker Heights Public Library


Shaker Historical Society

Early Settlers Association

Western Reserve Sons of the American Revolution

Friends of the Maltz Museum

Grays Armory Museum

Baseball Heritage Museum

Oberlin Heritage Center

International Women’s Air & Space Museum

Facing History & Ourselves – Cleveland Office

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

CWRU Department of History & School of Law, & The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities


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 Associate  
Cleveland History Center
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Email: historyday@wrhs.org
Phone: (216) 721-5722 ext. 1503
Fax: (216) 721-0891
Lori Smith, Region 3 History Day Coordinator
Cleveland History Center
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Email: lsmith@wrhs.org
Phone: (216) 721-5722 ext. 1400
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