Parents, your student has begun work on his or her History Day project and you probably have some questions! Below you will find most of the answers you are looking for.  Whether it is information about important dates, the rules of History Day, theme information, or other frequently asked questions, we are here to help.

Questions regarding school-specific information should be directed to your student's teacher first. The project is flexible so History Day staff will not know the specifics for each school or school competitions. If you have a questions about the regional, state, or national competitions, or rules, ask the History Day staffer for your area, found on our contact page

*If you would like your student to participate in a competition, and their school does not participate in History Day, that's perfectly okay! You must enroll so the History Day staff knows to include you in communications. Enroll here!

*Homeschool? You can still participate, you just need to Enroll like any other teacher to receive information and communications. Enroll here!

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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