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.
The 2021 Region 3 Ohio History Day Competition will be held March 27, 2021.
Contest Registration Deadline: February 26, 2021
Late Registration Deadline: March 12, 2021
Project Submissions Due (ALL CATEGORIES): March 12, 2021
Registration Fee (until February 26): $10
Late Registration (February 27 – March 12): $15
For questions regarding your registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please note that the regional contest, the Ohio History Day state contest, and the National History Day contest will ALL be held virtually this year due to ongoing concerns about large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Click here to access submission information for the Region 3 Ohio History Day virtual contest. Projects in ALL categories are due by March 12, 2021, using the instructions available in the Virtual Contest Guide linked here.
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