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

Friday, March 6th, 2020


Teachers and students can register their details as early as November. Registration ends on February 12th, 2020. Websites and Paper projects must be submitted on this deadline.

Register now

Locations and times

Event  Time
Student Check-In 8:30–9:00 a.m.
Judging Orientation 8:15–8:45 a.m.
Judging 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Award Ceremony 1:30–3:30 p.m.

At the Plaster Student Union on the campus of Missouri State University.

Parking permits are for Bear Park North. You can use the Bear Line shuttle if you need a ride from this parking lot to the Plaster Student Union. 

Explore past competitions

Meet our past participants and winners.

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