Important Dates & Times

Saturday December 01, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Monday February 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Saturday March 09, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Saturday March 09, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Saturday March 09, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Saturday March 09, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Each year more than half a million students participate in the National History Day Contest. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. You will look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. After you have analyzed and interpreted your sources, and have drawn a conclusion about the significance of your topic, you will then be able to present your work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website.


Junior Schedule.pdf

Senior Schedule.pdf

During the contests, the following categories will be open to the public at the discression of the judges:

  • Performances
  • Documentaries
  • Websites (when large screens are available)

The Exhibit Hall will open from 12:00-1:00 for public viewing. The Exhibit Hall is not open to the public during the judging period. 

Finals Round Judging will take place from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Students in the performance and documentary categories will need to be present for finals round. None of the other students will be informed if they have made finals round.


What to Expect During the contest

Please check the schedules and additional information at the bottom of this page.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  - Exhibits and Youth Contestant set-up in the Branch Rickey Field House.

8:00 - 11:00 a.m. - All other projects may register in Merrick Hall at least one hour prior to your judging time.

1:00-2:30p.m. - 2nd Round Judging. ONLY PERFORMANCES AND DOCUMENTARIES will have public run-offs. All other projects will be judged without students present.

3:00 p.m. - Awards Ceremony in Gray Chapel

*Judging takes 10 - 20 minutes per project. Students (except performances and documentaries) may leave after their judge time is completed. Plan to return to campus for the awards ceremony and to pick up exhibit boards. The Ohio History Connection can not be responsible for exhibit boards left behind.

Students with chaperones may choose to remain on campus for the entire day, however Wifi is not available so they should come prepared to entertain themselves.  There are many food options within walking distance of campus, and plenty to see in Historic Downtown Delaware.


Junior Schedule.pdf

Senior Schedule.pdf

Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website
Ohio History Day judges are historians, educators, and others interested in history and education. These dedicated volunteers serve as judges at each level of the History Day competition. 

Judges agree to look at three main areas of each project. Any person who feels they can comfortably evaluate these aspects of a project may volunteer to judge.

1. Historical Quality (60%)

  • Is the entry historically accurate?
  • Does the entry provide analysis and interpretation of the historical data rather than just a description? 
  • Does the entry demonstrate an understanding of historical context?
  • Does the annotated bibliography demonstrate wide research? 
  • Does the entry demonstrate a balanced presentation of materials? 
  • Does the entry demonstrate use of available primary sources?

2. Relation to the Theme (20%)

  • How does the topic relate to the theme?
  • Why is the topic important?
  • How is the topic significant in history and in relation to the NHD theme?
  • How did the topic influence history? 
  • Howe did the events and atmosphere (social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of the topic's time period) influence the topic in history?

3. Clarity of Presentation (20%)

  • Is the entry original, creative, and imaginative in subject and presentation?
  • Is the written material clear, grammatically correct, and accurately spelled?
  • Is the entry well-organized?
  • Is the visual material presented clearly?



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