Welcome to the Region 10 - Ohio University Zanesville Regional Contest

Important Dates & Times

What is History Day?

It’s “like Science Fair for history” people usually say when first introduced to the idea and that is a good way to think about it. National History Day began as a local contest in Cleveland in 1974 intended to reinvigorate the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools. Currently more than 600,000 students – Grade 6-12 - participate in National History Day from all over the country. Students who participate do projects (exhibits, academic papers, websites, documentaries, performances) related to an annual theme, and compete in regional contests, with winning entries moving on to Ohio History Day and (perhaps) National History Day in Washington, D.C.

Ohio has ten regional History Day contests. Ours – Region 10 – is hosted by Ohio University Zanesville and is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Why should you do History Day?

Students benefit in many ways: You might win. Category winners in the regional contest will receive medals and become eligible to participate in the state contest – who knows, your project might end up in the national competition. Last year our region had two website teams win the state competition and go to National History Day. Even if you don’t win, you’ll hone valuable academic skills through working on your project: analyzing and synthesizing information as well as presenting it in a clear and compelling way. Finally, you get to add a line to your C.V. that’ll look good on any college application.

Educators benefit, too. The Ohio History Connection has determined a number of ways in which the contest aligns with Ohio’s learning standards, but even as an extra-curricular activity participation can be a tool of student engagement. Students who get to “do” history become more enthusiastic about the subject in the process.

How do you get started?

The theme for this year’s National History Day is “Breaking Barriers in History.” This theme is broad enough in scope to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local to world history and across any geographic area or time period. Consider this theme an invitation to look across time, space, and geography to find a topic that appeals to you.

If you need inspiration of if the theme seems overwhelming, National History Day and the Ohio History Connection has information and suggestions for new participants that you can access. The regional coordinator at Ohio University - Zanesville will be happy to provide additional information or to meet with you.

There are many ways of creating History Day projects. Consider the different categories: which one fits the project(s) you/your students have in mind?

  • Paper (individuals only)
  • Exhibits (individual or group)
  • Original performances (individual or group)
  • Documentaries (individual or group)
  • Websites (individual or group)

What's the registration deadline?

All participants must be registered by February 21, 2020.

Schedule of events for Region 10 History Day

Region 10 Ohio History Day 2020 schedule of events

Hi History Day Students

We’re excited you’ve decided to join us for History Day 2020. Here are some bits of information that you may find useful.

Important deadlines

All participants applying for a participation scholarship (see below) must do so by February 7, 2020

All participants must be registered by February 21, 2020.

The deadline for entries in the paper category is March 6, 2020.

The deadline (lock-out) date for the website category is March 6, 2020.

Explanation of categories: https://www.nhd.org/categories

The process paper

All projects – except for the paper category - must include a process paper with the entry. It must describe in 500 or fewer words how you conducted your research and created your entry.

The process paper must include four sections that explain:

  • how you chose your topic;
  • how you conducted your research;
  • how you selected your presentation category and created your project; and
  • how your project relates to the NHD theme.

Annotated bibliography

All projects must include an annotated bibliography. It lets your reader or viewers know what sources you used in the creation of your project.

  • An annotated bibliography shows how many sources you used and the quality and range of sources used in your research.
  • It provides evidence of the many hours that you spent doing research in libraries, archives, classrooms, and on the internet.
  • Finally, the annotation lets the reader know how you used your sources and why they were valuable to understanding your topic.

Here’s an explanation of how to create an annotated bibliography.


Scholarship Opportunity!

Thanks to a generous donation made by the William K. Laidlaw Jr. Memorial Endowment Fund, we are delighted to offer scholarships to cover the regional competition registration cost ($10.00) for a number of students.

To be considered for this scholarship, please complete the application form located HERE. The deadline for submission is February 7, 2020. Please note, any late submissions will not be accepted.

Schedule of events for Region 10 History Day

Region 10 Ohio History Day 2020 schedule of events 

Dear History Day Teacher

We’re excited you and your students have decided to join us for Ohio History Day 2020.

The registration deadlines for Region 10 have not been finalized but will be posted here as soon as they are ready.

Please check the "contest information" area of this website for rules and juging criteria in the various categories as well as an outline of what students might expect at the Region 10 contest. The National History Day and the Ohio History Connection both have websites that contain much useful information.

Please do not hestiate to contact the Region 10 coordinator with any questions or concerns you may have.

Dear History Day Judge

Thank you for volunteering to be a judge for the Ohio History Day Region 10 contest. Whether you're a returning judge or this is your first time, we greatly appreciate your help in providing our students with an exciting and meaningful history day experience.

For those unfamiliar with history day judging, here's what to expect:

Once student registrations are in, you will be assigned a contest category. All judges will work in teams, so you'll be a member of a two or three-person team. You can get a general idea about the judging criteria for your category as well as general rules applicable to all categories in the section on "judging criteria."

If you're in the paper or website category, the region coordinator will share the relevant papers or websites with you a week or so prior to the contest. If you're an exhibit, documentary or performance judge you will be considering entries as presented to you on the day of the contest.

On the day of the contest, we will meet for breakfast and a History Day Judge training session provided by a representative of the Ohio History Connection. All judges participate in first-round judging. After lunch, some judges may be needed for a final round in some categories. Needless to say, we urge judges with the time and the inclination to stay for the awards ceremony once the results have been tabulated.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the rules as they apply to your assignment prior to the contest. Other than that, everything you need will be provided. Please do not hesitate to contact the regional coordinator with any questions you may have.

Again, thanks for joining us. We're looking forward to meeting you or to see you again.




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