National History Day is an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12. History Day teaches students to:
- Conduct in-depth research
- Use primary and secondary sources
- Read a variety of texts
- Analyze and synthesize information
- Write and present historical content
Students choose a topic that relates to an annual theme, research that topic, and present their research in one of five presentation categories: Research Paper, Exhibit, Documentary, Performance, or Website. Students may then enter their projects into History Day competitions at school, regional, state, and national levels.
Guidelines and Procedures
The National History Day Contest Rule Book guides the classroom and state-wide implementation of the Minnesota History Day program. Minnesota History Day has developed state-specific guidelines and procedures to support the administration of the program.
- Conflict of Interest
- Contest Advancement and Results Dispute
- Contest Fees and Cancellation
- Event Attendance
- Judge Expectations and Removal
- Photography and Videography
- Plagiarism Identification and Investigation
- Spectator Expectations and Behavior
- "Teachers Rule:" Teacher Discretion in Shaping a Classroom History Day Assignment
- Topical Prize Sponsorship and Judging
Minnesota History Day Sponsors
National History Day in Minnesota is a partnership of the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota.
Major Funding Provided by:
The Fred C. and Catherine B. Andersen Foundation, The Gerald and Patrice Halbach Charitable Fund, the Ralph and Virginia Kurtzman Fund, David and Janis Larson Foundation, the State of Minnesota/Arts and Culture Heritage Funds, National Checking, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Margaret and Lee Skold Fund, Thomson Reuters, Frank W. Veden Charitable Trust, the Wells Fargo Foundation, and the WEM Foundation.
Augsburg College, Bemidji State University Minneapolis Public Schools, Central Middle School in Eden Prairie, Minnesota State University Mankato, Minnesota State University Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, Winona State University, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, St. Paul Public Schools, and White Bear Lake High School, South Campus.
Minnesota History Day Logos
Each Minnesota History Day logo is available in two formats, low resolution JPEG and high resolution EPS. For use on a website, select the low resolution image. The image will then be displayed on your screen and you can save it to your hard drive. For print materials, select the high resolution image. The image will automatically be saved to your hard drive.
Logo usage must follow the following usage guidelines:
- The History Day logo should always appear with the Minnesota Historical Society and University of Minnesota logos.
- The width of the logo lockup images (both .eps and .jpeg) should not be used smaller than 3.875."
- The primary typeface for History Day materials is Gotham or Archer. When neither of these fonts are available, use Arial.
- The color palate for the History Day logo is blue (632c), yellow (124c), and gray (432c). Other Minnesota Historical Society education brand colors can be used: orange (158c) and red (187c).
Logo Lockup: Black and White
Logo Lockup: Full Color
- Breaking Barriers in History (.jpeg)
National History Day
- NHD Trademark Logo (.jpeg)