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.

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 – (tentative) December 1, 2018, and February 2, 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 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