History Day



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National History Day is a model of multidisciplinary, project-based learning that frames the academic year. Students will sharpen skills in research methods, critical thinking, and synthesis of information from diverse sources. The process of project creation and competition is both highly demanding and highly rewarding for students and teachers.  Each year students explore a historical topic related to the annual theme and present their research through research papers, documentaries, exhibits, dramatic performances, or websites. In addition, students must be able to effectively present their findings and interpretations of their topics to a panel of judges. They must also be able to answer questions from the judges about the content of their project, as well as their research process. Successful entries proceed from the regional competition to the state competition in Columbus and the national competition in Washington D.C. A national evaluation of the National History Day program conducted in 2009-2010 revealed that teachers and students who participate in National History Day report stronger reading and research skills, better college and career readiness, and an overall increased interest in historical topics.

For more on how History Day programs empower students across the country, see the video below.  It was produced by an NHD alum.

Each year, the Cleveland History Center and Case Western Reserve University are proud to co-host Ohio History Day’s Region 3 Competition.

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!


Join us for REV Up Research Days at the Cleveland History Center


December 9, 2017 and January 13, 2018. 10am-1pm

Planning to compete in Region 3 Ohio History Day?  Put your wheels in motion at a REV Up Research Day at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle!  On December 9, we’ll focus on starting research and refining your research plan.  On January 13, we’ll focus on learning strategies to create or improve your project.  On both REV Up days, you can sign up for tune-ups where Cleveland History Center staff and History Day experts will give you one-on-one feedback.

Admission to each REV Up (includes all-day access to the research library and the Cleveland History Center)

$10 for each student, plus 1 FREE adult admission

Special $5 parking rate

For $15, students may purchase a Research Library Pass valid for 3 months and receive free admission to one REV Up.


RSVP to Mary Manning via email historyday@wrhs.org, or call (216) 721-5722 ext. 1503

Click here to view our REV Up Flyer



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



Ohio History Day | State Winners from Region 3

Click here for a full list of Ohio History Day National Contest winners!

Click here for a full list of Ohio History Day State Contest winners!

State Contest Results


Region 3 Ohio History Day | 2017 Contest Results

Click here to view the Region 3 History Day 2017 Contest Results

HD 2017 Numbers


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

Special thanks to our 2017 sponsors and special prize donors:


Shaker Heights Public Library


Shaker Historical Society

Early Settlers Association

Sons of the American Revolution

Friends of the Maltz Museum

Grays Armory Museum

Baseball Heritage Museum

Oberlin Heritage Center

Dick and Linda Calta

CWRU Department of History & School of Law

In Memoriam – Anonymous Donor of John Vacha Scholarship

 Sponsor Logo Group

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

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