National History Day

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.

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.

Get involved

Upcoming National History Day 

The History Day competition will be held virtually on Friday, March 5th, 2021.


Teachers and students can register their details as early as November. Registration ends on February 10th, 2021. Websites and Paper projects must be submitted on this deadline. Because we are holding a virtual contest, students in all other categories must submit their projects and process papers by February 22nd, 2021. The registration system will include a space to upload process papers and a google drive link to the student's project. 

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Zoom links and times

Project Category   Time
TBA 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM


Explore past competitions

Meet our past participants and winners.

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