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, 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 historyday@wrhs.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.

Contest Materials


UPDATED National History Day Contest Rule Book

Summary of Significant Rules Changes

UPDATED National History Day Evaluation Forms

2021 Theme

2021 Theme Narrative

2021 Ohio Theme Sheet

2021 Ohio Topic List

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

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