Welcome to National History Day!
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums is proud to host Ohio's Region 2 Contest as a part of National History Day. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums exists to enrich lives through the historical preservation of Spiegel Grove and to provide a greater understanding of President Hayes and his contributions to the State of Ohio, the country, and his fellow Americans. You can learn more about our organization and collections at rbhayes.org.
What is National History Day?
National History Day®(NHD) is a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland. NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Since 1974, NHD has continuously improved history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. The largest NHD program is the National History Day Contest that encourages more than half a million students around the world to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. Students enter these projects at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. To learn more visit nhd.org.
2019 Theme Narative: Triumph and Tragedy in History
Every year National History Day® frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Triumph and Tragedy in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding. Download the 2019 Theme Book here to learn more.
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.
Student registration is $8 per student.
For more information please visit https://www.nhd.org/students.
The National Contest is the final stage of a series of contests at local and state/affiliate levels. Students begin their journey by presenting their projects in classrooms, schools, and districts around the world. Top entries are invited to the state/affiliate level contests. The top two entries in every category at the state/affiliate level are then invited to the National Contest. The 2019 National Contest will be held June 9-13, 2019 at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Thank you for volunteering to judge Region 2's National History Day contest. Throughout this site, you will find judge registration, judging criteria, and the Judge's conflict of interest statement.