National History Day is an annual competition for students, grade 6-12, where they present their historical research projects to qualified judges at the regional level.
National History Day
What is National History Day?
Here at Missouri State University, they compete for a chance to advance to state and hopefully from there to the national contest. MSU’s History Department is proud to sponsor History Day in our region. Every year, around 300 students from over 15 schools in Springfield and surrounding areas participate in the contest by designing a website, putting on a performance, writing a historical paper, creating a documentary, or curating a museum-like exhibit. Their projects range in topics from local history to global issues, and are judged by our faculty, History Graduate Assistants, and other qualified members of the community.
Upcoming National History Day
The History Day competition will be held virtually, without student-judge interviews. This format follows the state and national levels. While the interview aspect of the NHD contest is important to give judges a chance to clarify questions and provide students with a learning opportunity, it is not the core aspect of the contest nor is it the deciding factor in final rankings. Winners of our regional competition will be announced on March 5th, 2021.
Teachers and students can register their details as early as November. Registration ends on midnight February 18th, 2021. Because we our holding a virtual contest, students in all categories must submit their projects by this deadline.
|Contest submission guidelines||Registration information|
|How to submit virtual entries (all categories)||Registration ends at midnight on February 18th|
|Exhibit category guidelines|
|Performance category guidelines|
When uploading projects follow these guidelines:
Explore past competitions
Meet our past participants and winners.