The Region 3 Ohio History Day contest follows rules set out by the Ohio History Day coordinator at the Ohio History Connection and the National History Day office.
To view the National History Day Contest Rule Book, click here. All projects must follow the specifications and rules outlined by this document.
For more information on Ohio History Day programming across the state of Ohio, click here.
For more information on Ohio History Day programming in Cleveland, click here.
Founded in 1974 at Case Western Reserve University, National History Day was originally conceived as a way to emphasize the importance of teaching history in schools. It quickly grew from a local Cleveland competition into a national event, and the Cleveland History Center, as the current headquarters for Region 3, is proud to carry on the legacy of the original contest. Similar to a science fair, individuals or groups of students conduct research related to the year’s theme and then create an original Historical Paper, Exhibit, Performance, Documentary, or Website. There are two divisions—Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades 9-12). On competition day, students present their projects and be interviewed by volunteer judges to share what they learned during the course of their research.
National History Day is a model of multidisciplinary, project-based learning that frames the academic year. Students will sharpen skills in research methods, critical thinking, and synthesis of information from diverse sources. The process of project creation and competition is both highly demanding and highly rewarding for students and teachers. Each year students explore a historical topic related to the annual theme and present their research through research papers, documentaries, exhibits, dramatic performances, or websites. In addition, students must be able to effectively present their findings and interpretations of their topics to a panel of judges. They must also be able to answer questions from the judges about the content of their project, as well as their research process. Successful entries proceed from the regional competition to the state competition in Columbus and the national competition in Washington D.C. A national evaluation of the National History Day program conducted in 2009-2010 revealed that teachers and students who participate in National History Day report stronger reading and research skills, better college and career readiness, and an overall increased interest in historical topics.
How to See Projects on Competition Day
On competition day, judge interviews for exhibits, papers, and websites are closed to the public.
Family, friends, and members of the general public may view Exhibits after judging has concluded between 12:15pm and 1:00pm and then again between 2:00pm and 3:15pm. Students may begin removing their exhibits after 2:45pm.
Judge interviews for documentaries and performances are open to family, friends, and the general public.
What to Expect During the Contest
Region 3 Ohio History Day is a fast-paced day that brings as many as 500 students to the Cleveland History Center and the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. It is important that participants - students, teachers, judges, and other volunteers - pay attention to information they receive in advance of the contest about scheduling and locations.
Specific schedule information will follow closer to March 7.
Every project at the Region 3 Ohio History Day competition is evaluated by a team of volunteer judges who are looking for excellence in three areas: historical quality, the relation to the theme, and the clarity of presentation.
Historical Quality (60%)
Analysis and interpretation
Use of available primary sources
Relation to Theme (20%)
Clearly relates to theme
Demonstrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions
Clarity of Presentation (20%)
Presentation, written materials are original, clear, appropriate, organized and articulate
Entry is organized; visual impact is appropriate to topic
Click below the view the judging rubrics for each category.