As the parent or caring adult of a History Day student, you will have the opportunity over the next few months to witness the unfolding of a History Day project and an amateaur historian in your child. Parents are often called upon to save the day, whether it's by facilitating transportation to and from research events and competitions, or offsetting technologies crises, or providing emotional support when the student remembers that their project does, after all, require an annotated bibliography, but parents play a vital role in the overall History Day experience.
Please note that History Day is a highly flexible project, and teachers have the freedom to adapt the program to meet their classroom needs. Guidelines, requirements, deadlines and grading rubrics vary from classroom to classroom, so all questions about your student's project or about the school-level competition should be directed at their teacher, as History Day staff will not know the specifics of any given classroom. If you have questions about Regional, State, or National level competitions, or about the project rules, ask the History Day staffer who serves your area. That information can be found on our contact page
Do you homeschool? 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 for project resources and teacher tools. Enroll here!
Would your student like to participate in a History Day competition even though their school does not currently participate? Enroll as a History Day Educator so the staff know to include you in all important project and competition communication. Enroll here! 
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Project Timeline

History Day is designed for teachers to adapt in their classrooms. Please check with your student's teacher about school-specific information.

  • Just getting started on a project can be overwhelming for your student. Make sure they read through our Introducing History Day guide for an overview of the project and guidelines for successfully completing it on time. 
  • Students usually need about six weeks to complete a quality History Day project. A sample timeline can be found here. 
  • Consider having your student attend a library research open house, "Hullabaloo," in December or January to get extra help on their project from a History Day staff member or mentor. Dates can be found here and are located throughout the state!
  • Extra project help can be found on our Project Resources page. This includes research links, bibliography help, category-specific information and more!

Competition Information

  • Entry forms for Regional Events are emailed directly to teachers. Students selected to advance from the school level will be given the forms by their teacher. State entry forms are received at the award ceremony at each Regional event. 
  • Schedules for the Regional and State competitions will be posted on our Events page one week before the competition. Teachers will also receive an email with a schedule of student judging times. Please check with your student's teacher or check the website to find out times. Students must register the day of the event in case of any last minute time or room changes. 
  • All projects are open for public viewing at events. 
  • Directions, technology information, and a timeline of competitions can be found on the Events page
  • At a Regional Event, "State Qualifier" students will receive a medal and a packet of information about the State competition. Honorable Mention students are recognized by the judges for their hardwork and receive a ribbon but are not eligible for the State competition.
  • Following a competition, judge comment forms will be mailed back to teachers within two weeks of the event. Teachers will distribute these back to your students.

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