Important Dates & Times

Monday December 02, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Friday February 07, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Saturday February 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Saturday February 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Saturday February 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Saturday February 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Have questions about History Day? See the links below for a comprehensive rule book and for the sheets that judges use to evaluate students' work. If you have any other specific questions, don't hesitate to send an email to



We are so excited to host Region 6 on Capitol Square! We know that it might seem confusing our first year, but check back on this page for information about parking and wayfinding. The contest will be split between two buildings: The Ohio Statehouse and the Rhodes Tower. ALL STUDENTS AND JUDGES WILL CHECK IN AT THE OHIO STATEHOUSE, SO GO THERE FIRST.

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.

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.

This page will be updated as the contest nears. Check back for information on parking and wayfinding.

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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