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.

Jump to the Region 9 National History Day in Ohio 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."

National History Day in Ohio Region 9 partners

Region 9 Ohio History Day

Hosted by Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in partnership with the Ohio History Connection and sponsored by the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Region 9 Ohio History Day contest takes place at Ohio University's Chillicothe campus.

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.

Volunteer: 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 volunteer by clicking here.


Ohio History Day Video Promo


2016 Ohio History Day Video Promo

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Looking for a little inspirational video to get your students motivated to participate?  Well, look no further!  This video is designed to help get your students' creative juices flowing.  Please share it with other teachers and students who you think may be interested in participating.

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2016 Region 9 Contest Information
Date: March 5, 2016
Theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History
Location: Bennet Hall at Ohio Universty's Chillicothe campus
Fee: $6 per student (checks payable to National Park Service) due by the registration deadline.
Mail checks to: Hopewell Culture National Historical Park,
Attn: 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 19, 2016

On-line registration! Learn more about how you can register during the open registration period.

Visit the Ohio History Day website for more information about registering.
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?

Day of Event Schedule
Registration: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Judging: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Exhibits open for Public Viewing: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
*Run-Off's: 1:00 pm
*Awards Ceremony: 2:00 pm
( * - time subject to change, based on completion of exhibit judging)

What time is my student being judged?
Select a link below to find the time slot for your student.


Category Information and Reminders:

Websites: Websites should be entered into Weebly's National History Day web portal at by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, February 19, 2016. All websites will be locked down promptly at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 19, 2016, 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 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 by the deadline at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 19, 2016.

Email papers to
: e-mail us

Mail papers to: Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Attn: History Day, 16062 StateRoute 104, Chillicothe, OH 45601

Exhibits, Performances, Documentaries: Make sure your on-line registration is completed by the deadline of 5:00 pm on Friday, February 19, 2016. You should bring four (4) copies of your process paper AND four (4) copies of your bibliography to the contest. You will not have access to printers or copiers at Bennett Hall. You must rememeber to bring these copies with you to the contest.

Visit the Ohio History Day website for more information about registration.


Important Links for Contestants & Teachers

Information on the National History Day in Ohio contest.

National History Day information regarding teacher resources.

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

2015 OHD logo
The 2015 National History Day Theme

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, 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 and to Ohio University-Chillicothe for hosting the event.

Click on a link below to view that year's state qualifiers.

2015 Contest Results

2014 Contest Results

2013 Contest Results

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

16062 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601


(740) 774-1126
Main park phone number.

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