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.

2019 Theme


Registration is NOW OPEN for students, teachers, and judges for

Region 3 Ohio History Day on March 16, 2019! 


Register online at https://oh-rtwrhsrc.nhd.org.  Run into any problems?  E-mail historyday@wrhs.org or call 216-721-5722 ext. 1503.

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

REV Up Research Day #2 – January 26, 2019

The final REV Up Research Day of the 2018-2019 Ohio History Day season will be held on January 26, 2019, from 10am to 1pm.  Students will get one-on-one feedback from a History Day staffer, learn to think like a judge, and consult with the Reference staff in our Research Library for primary sources.

Admission: $10 for each student, plus one FREE adult chaperone admission. (This includes all-day access to the Research Library and the museum).

Parking: $5 special rate

For $15, students may purchase a Research Library Pass valid for 3 months and receive free admission to one REV Up. (Must be purchased in person.)

For more information, and to REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/JanREVUp2019.


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 16, 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

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 2018

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