History Day


The Region 3 Ohio History Day Teacher Workshop will be held Saturday, September 16. Click here to register.

Save the date:

the next Region 3 Ohio History Day contest (our 50th Anniversary!) will be held on March 2, 2024.


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.


Any questions, or any trouble registering, email historyday@wrhs.org or call 216-721-5722 ext. 1503.  Click here to view the submission guidelines for the regional contest.

Any questions? Email historyday@wrhs.org


Contest Materials

UPDATED National History Day Contest Rule Book

Summary of Significant Rules Changes

UPDATED National History Day Evaluation Forms

2024 Theme: Turning Points In History

2024 Theme Book 

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

For more great resources, visit the Ohio History Day website!

Take a look back at winners from past years:

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
2021 2022 2023


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



Region 3 Ohio History Day Sponsors

The M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation

The Andrews Foundation

The Harry K. and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation


Special Prize Sponsors

Cleveland Grays Armory Museum

Early Settlers Association

Friends of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Friends of the Shaker Library/Shaker Heights Public Library

International Women’s Air & Space Museum

Oberlin Heritage Center

Shaker Historical Society

Sons of the American Revolution-Western Reserve Society