As the parent or caring adult of a History Day student, you will have the opportunity to witness the unfolding of a History Day project and see your child become an historian. Parents are often asked to save the day, whether by providing transportation to events, solving technology crises, or helping a frantic student complete the annotated bibliography.

Whatever the role, parents are a vital part of the History Day experience. If you're new to the program, learn more about the History Day, and the academic and personal benefits of doing a History Day project.

As you move forward in your History Day process, be sure to bookmark this page as your hub for project help, FAQs, and other important information.

Please note that teachers can adapt History Day to meet their classroom needs. Requirements, deadlines, and grading rubrics will vary across classrooms. Questions about your student's project or about the school-level competition should be directed to their teacher. If you have questions about Regional, State, or National level competitions, or about project rules, contact the History Day staffer who serves your area.

Do you homeschool, or would you like your student to participate in a History Day competition even though their school is not participating? Make sure you enroll as a History Day educator so the staff knows to include you in all important project and competition communication. Once you've done that, be sure to check out the History Day Educator page. Enroll here!

Parents and guardians can provide important support for students participating in History Day. These letters were designed for teachers to share with parents about the various steps in the process. Read on to learn more!

  • Welcome: English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong (Available Fall 2020)
  • Topic Selection & Theme: English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong  (Available Fall 2020)
  • Research: English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong  (Available Fall 2020)
  • Analysis & Thesis: English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong  (Available Fall 2020)
  • Presentation & Project Categories: English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong  (Available Fall 2020)
  • Judging & Competitions: English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong  (Available Fall 2020)


National History Day in Minnesota is sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota, Department of History
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