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National History Day in Ohio

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National History Day

National History Day

National History Day in Ohio is a year-long program where students choose a topic which is tied to an annual theme. Students then create historical papers, dramatic performances, creative documentaries, museum-like exhibits and websites. Their projects are based in primary and secondary source research and reflect their analysis of the historical topic.

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National History Day began as a small, local contest in Cleveland, Ohio in 1974. Dr. David Van Tassel and members of the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University created the program to reinvigorate the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools. The program quickly expanded throughout Ohio and surrounding Midwestern states. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National History Day (NHD) became a national program in 1980.

Now, more than 600,000 students and participate in National History Day from every state in the Union, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. territories, and the program continues to expand internationally. National History Day received the 2011 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. The National Humanities Medal is awarded to individuals or institutions "whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities."

Ohio History Day Partners

National History Day in Ohio District 9 partners

District 9 Ohio History Day

Hosted by Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in partnership with the Ohio Historical Society and sponsored by the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau, the District 9 Ohio History Day contest takes place at Ohio University's Chillicothe campus. For directions to the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus, click here.

Students in grades 6th-12th compete at two different levels: 6-8 in the Junior competition and 9-12 in the Senior competition. Counties in District 9 include: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties.

Volunteer: If you are interested in judging History Day projects for the District 9 competition, please contact the District 9 Coordinator, Park Ranger Melinda Repko by email (click here) or by calling the park at 740-774-1126.

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The 2014 National History Day theme & logo

National History Day

2014 District 9 Contest Information


Date: Saturday March 22, 2014
Theme: Rights and Responsibilities in History
Click here for 2014 theme sheet
Click here for the 2014 theme book
Location: Bennett Hall on the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus
Click here for directions
Fee: $6 per student (checks payable to National Park Service)
When possible, schools should send a consolidated check for all of their student's payments

The 2014 contest schedule is available by clicking here!
(updated 3/21/14 at 12:35pm)
Visitors are welcome to watch performances and view documentaries and websites, but entrance to the contest rooms is only permitted before and after judging begins. Exhibit and paper rooms are closed during judging. Exhibit rooms are open to the public once judging is complete, from 12:30-1:30pm.
Please contact District 9 coordinator, Park Ranger Melinda Repko, at 740-774-1126 or email, if you have any questions or if you are interested in becoming a Volunteer for the event.

Day of Event Schedule
Registration: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 9:00 am -9:20 am
Judging: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Exhibits open for Public Viewing: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
*Run-Off's: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
*Awards Ceremony: 1:30 pm
( * - time subject to change, based on completion of exhibit judging)

Category Information:

Websites: Websites should be entered into Weebly's National History Day web portal at http://nhd.weebly.com by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 12th. All websites will be locked down promptly at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 12th, preventing students from making additional edits. Process papers AND bibliography should be included on your website.

*If students accidentally signed up through the regular Weebly webpage and need help converting to the NHD Weebly webpage, Weebly has an automatic URL/account conversion tool! All students that signed up with the regular Weebly webpage can now use their Username and Password to sign into the NHD Weebly webpage at http://nhd.weebly.com. Once logged in they will be prompted with a convert button that will switch all of their information over to a full NHD Weebly account and correct URL.

Papers: One (1) copy of each Paper entry, including bibliography, must be received with your registration form by the deadline at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 12th.

All Additional Categories (Exhibit, Performance, Documentary): Make sure your registration form is received by the deadline of 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 12th. You should bring four (4) copies of your process paper AND four (4) copies of your bibliography to the contest.


Important Links for Contestants & Teachers

For additional information about the National History Day in Ohio contest, click here.

For additional National History Day information regarding teacher resources, click here.

For theme information, including sample topics and the theme curriculum book, click here.

For valuable tips and suggestions for all categories on how to craft your project, click here.

Turning Points in History - 2013 National History Day Theme

The 2013 National History Day Theme - Turning Points in History

National History Day

Previous Year's Results

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and the National Park Service congratulates and thanks all of the students who competed in the National History Day, District 9 event. We look forward to more unique, creative and inspiring entries in the upcoming years! Special thanks to all of the District 9 sponsors and to Ohio University-Chillicothe for hosting the event. Click on a link below to view that year's results.

Click here for the 2013 Contest Results

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