Why Judge History Day?

Judging is a fantastic way to connect with students, support your community, and learn about history. Be a part of Minnesota students’ successes as they learn and grow through History Day. Why?

  • Community involvement
  • Get Continuing Education Clock Hours
  • Learn something new
  • Free t-shirt
  • Free lunch or dinner
  • Help the youth of Minnesota

How does judging work?

Judges sign up to volunteer at a specific event. Judges evaluate the work of young researchers studying topics related to an annual theme. They work on teams to review entries in a specific category, interview students, and provide written feedback. Judges will also select which projects advance from the Regional to State and National levels of competition. 
Hundreds of Regional event judges are needed throughout the month of March and all around the state. State History Day requires a volunteer force of 250 judges. The time commitment can be as little as one five-hour event or extend to multiple competitions in different venues. You can even judge Papers at home.

What are others saying about judging?

“Aside from the obvious—I get to learn about significant events in history, interact with hard-working young scholars, and give encouragement and suggestions to students about their fine projects.  I would say that judging is a great way to get a free lunch.”
 - Cathy Solomon, Homemaker
“Every time I judge History Day, I come away with the same conclusion—the future is in good hands.”
- Don Hayes, Counselor, Rosemount Middle School
“My reasons for judging are selfish, really.  Every time I judge, I learn a little more about historical events, people, and places.  Every time I judge, the kids just ‘wow’ me with their passion for their topics. And every time I judge, it makes me a little more proud of the generations coming up who realize how history impacts us today.”
- Becky Tarbox, Executive Assistant, Famous Dave’s

Ready to help out?

Sign up online, read our frequently asked questions, or learn more about the program with our training materials.


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