National History Day in Ohio

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Ohio History Day

Ohio History Day 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.

Jump to the Region 9 Ohio History Day contest info section.

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."

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Ohio History Day is an affiliate of National History Day (NHD). The Ohio History Connection is the state sponsor of Ohio History Day.

Ohio History Connection

Region 9 Ohio History Day

Hosted by Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in partnership with the Ohio History Connection, the Region 9 Ohio History Day contest takes place at Chillicothe Middle School.

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 Region 9 include: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties.

Be a judge! If you are interested in judging History Day projects for the Region 9 competition, please contact the Region 9 Coordinator, Park Ranger Susan Knisley by email or by calling the park at 740-774-1126. You may also register to judge by clicking here.

The logo for the 2018 NHD contest Conflict and Compromise in History
2018 National History Day Theme

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2018 Region 9 Contest Information
Contest Date: February 24, 2018
Theme: Conflict and Compromise in History
Registration Deadline: February 9, 2018
Location: Chillicothe Middle School, 381 Yoctangee Parkway, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Fee: $8 per student (checks payable to National Park Service) due by the registration deadline.
Mail checks to: Hopewell Culture National Historical Park,
Attn: Susan Knisley or History Day, 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, OH 45601
*When possible, schools should send a consolidated check for all of their student's payments
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018
This year registration is through a National History Day website. If you experience any difficulties, please call the park as soon as possible so that we may assist you.

Follow this link to register:

Visitors are welcome to watch performances and view documentaries and websites, but entrance to the contest rooms is only permitted before and after judging. Judging schedules will be posted on the doors of the contest rooms to assist you in planning when you can enter and exit. Exhibit and paper rooms are closed during judging. Exhibit rooms are re-opened to the public once judging is complete, usually around 12:30 p.m.

Please contact Region 9 coordinator, Park Ranger Susan Knisley, at 740-774-1126 or by email if you have any questions or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the event.

What time does my student have to arrive?
Registration: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Judging: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Exhibits open for Public Viewing: 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
*Run-Off's: 12:30 pm
*Awards Ceremony: 1:00 pm
( * - time subject to change, based on completion of exhibit judging)

Judging schedules are emailed directly to teachers. To find out the exact time your student is judged, please consult your sponsoring teacher.
The front cover of the National History Day rule book.
The official National History Day contest rule book

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Category Information and Reminders:

Websites: Websites should be entered into Weebly's National History Day web portal at by Friday, February 16, 2018. All websites will be locked down on Friday, February 16, 2018, preventing students from making additional edits. Process papers AND bibliography must 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 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: Students entering a paper are required to be present at the contest date. One (1) copy of each Paper entry, including bibliography, must be received by the deadline at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Do not mail your papers. Email papers as a word or pdf document to: e-mail us

Exhibits, Performances, Documentaries: Make sure your on-line registration is completed by the deadline of 5:00 pm on Friday, February 9, 2018. Bring three (3) copies of your process paper AND three (3) copies of your bibliography to the contest. You will not have access to printers or copiers. You must rememeber to bring these copies with you to the contest.

Visit the National History Day website for more resources about each project category and the official rules.


Important Links for Contestants & Teachers

Information on the National History Day in Ohio contest.

National History Day in Ohio information for teachers.

Teacher resources at the National History Day website

Valuable tips and suggestions for all categories on how to craft your project.


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, Region 9 event. We look forward to more unique, creative and inspiring entries in the upcoming years! Special thanks to all of the Region 9 sponsors!

You can view last year's winners at the Ohio History Connection website.

Last updated: December 12, 2017

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