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History Day Contests

History Day students show off their work to volunteer judges and the public at district, state and national competitions. Judges use evaluation sheets as a rubric to compare student projects and determine which finalists become eligible for the next level of competition.

Students enter projects into the first level of official NHD competition at regional contests around the state. Finalists from each contest are invited to compete at the NHDI State Contest, where the top winners in the Junior and Senior divisions (grades six through 12) become eligible to compete at The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in College Park, Md., in June.

Sign up to judge for an NHDI contest here! Teachers who judge for NHDI contests will be eligible for PGP credit from the Indiana Historical Society.

The entry fee for participating in NHD Indiana contests is $10 per student. Click here for more details on payments.

All times are Eastern Time.

North District Contest

St. Mary's College, Notre Dame - Feb. 27, 2016
Registration closes Monday, February 15 at 11:59 p.m.
Papers due Tuesday, February 16
Websites lock Friday, February 19 at 11:59 p.m.

Central District Contest

IUPUI, Indianapolis - March 12, 2016
Registration closes Sunday, February 28 at 11:59 p.m.
Papers due Monday, February 29
Websites lock Friday, March 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Southwest District Contest

University of Southern Indiana, Evansville - April 2, 2016
Registration closes Sunday, March 20 at 11:59 p.m.
Papers due Monday, March 21
Websites lock Friday, March 25 at 11:59 p.m.

South District Contest

Brown County High School, Nashville - April 9, 2016
Registration closes Monday, March 28 at 11:59 p.m.
Papers due Tuesday, March 29
Websites lock Friday, April 1 at 11:59 p.m.

National History Day in Indiana State Contest

Ivy Tech, Indianapolis Downtown Campus - April 23, 2016

The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest

June 12 through 16, 2016, at the University of Maryland, College Park
Registration closes May 17, 2016, at 11:59 p.m.

Papers should be emailed in PDF format to nhdi@indianahistory.org or mailed to the following address by the above due dates:

Indiana Historical Society
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202