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.
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
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