History Day is a nationally acclaimed history education program that encourages middle school and high school students to become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, and artists as they create unique interpretations of the past. History Day makes history come alive through active student learning and provides educators with professional development opportunities. The theme of the 2020-2021 History Day competition is “Communication in History: The Key To Understanding.” For further information on this year’s theme, please see the National History Day website.
How to Participate
Students can enter one of five categories of competition (papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, and websites) in the junior division (grades 6-8) and senior division (grades 9-12). They can work as individuals or in groups in every category except for the paper.
Students can participate at their local school or enter a regional contest. Stay tuned for more information about the Eastern Washington Regional History Day contest at Eastern Washington University. This regional competition is sponsored by the College of Social Sciences and the Department of History at Eastern Washington University. Winners of each category may continue onto the Washington State History Day competition, which is now sponsored by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Washington State Historical Society, and the Washington State Archives. Winners of the State competition can attend the National History Day contest (dates to be announced).
The 2021 Eastern Washington History Day will be a virtual competition. All teachers, students, and judges will need to use the Eastern Washington Regional History Day NHD website to register and participate in the event. Registration is open from December 3, 2020 to January 29, 2021. A virtual awards ceremony will take place on March 8th.
Specific due dates for event categories can be found on the Eastern Washington Regional History Day NHD website. The competition will be conducted similar to the state and national competitions in 2020, and there will be a preliminary round as well as a finals round. Questions about the virtual formatting should be directed to Washington History Day Coordinator Hannah Tofte (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Anyone interested in being a judge for the 2021 Eastern Washington Regional History Day competition should email email@example.com (prior to registering).