Important Dates & Times

Wednesday January 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Saturday March 28, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Saturday March 28, 2020 at 3:30 PM
Saturday March 28, 2020 at 8:30 AM
Saturday March 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM
  • The Student Union WILL NOT be open prior to 8:00 a.m. for parents or students.
  • All students with exhibits must provide their own extension cords and devices to move their exhibit from the parking lot to the Ballroom in the Student Union.
  • Students participating in performances must bring their own props (including desks, chairs, podium, electronic devices, projector, screen, etc...). UNLV will not supply any materials or technology.
  • All student entries for Historical Papers, Performances, Documentaries, and Websites must check in with a teacher from their school AT LEAST 30 minutes prior to their scheduled time.
  • The Green Room, next to the Philip Cohen Theater, will be open for students competing in the performance category to prepare for their performances.
  • Exhibits must be picked up no later than 2:00 p.m.
  • There was no Northern Nevada contest.  There may be a few students participating using the internet.  First Place winners from both the north and south will be eligible to attend the national contest in Maryland in June. If a First Place winner in Las Vegas decides not to attend the national contest, the second place winner will be given the opportunity to attend.  For the Senior Division, first and second place winners are eligible to attend the national contest as there were no Senior entries in the Northern Nevada contest.
  • Performances are the only category that allow guests to watch.
  • All judging decisions are final.


What Is History Day?

The History Day Program is an exciting way to study history and learn about issues, ideas, people, and events that are of interest to students. History Day lets students express what they have learned through creative and original performances, media documentaries, papers, or three-dimensional exhibits.
%u200BHistory Day provides classroom teachers with an effective vehicle for teaching not only the content of history (and other subjects, such as art, theater, and media), but the basic components of critical thinking. It helps students develop the skills to think critically, not only about school work, but about the many decisions they must confront as citizens.

The Annual Theme
Each year a broad theme is selected for the History Day contest. Topics may come from local, regional, national, or world history. Regardless of the topic chosen, the research and conclusions must relate to the annual theme. %u200B

Why History Day?


National History Day Works!  According to a national program evaluation, students who participate in National History Day...
  • outperform their non-NHD peers on state standardized tests in social studies, reading, science, and math;
  • are better writers, who write with purpose and real voice, and marshal solid evidence to support their point of view; are critical thinkers, who can digest, analyze, and synthesize information; learn 21st century skills, such as collaboration.

National History Day in Nevada

NHD in NV has been supporting literacy, inquiry, and problem-based learning in Nevada since 1990. While NHD in NV has been housed in several governmental agencies and non-profits in the nearly 30 years in Nevada, many of the program partnerships have remained strong each and every year. History Day has been used in classrooms across the state of Nevada and has brought together many state agencies, museums, libraries, and other stakeholders to support History education in those classrooms. 















Exhibit Hall is closed during Judging from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Exhibits may viewed from 1:30 pm - 2:00pm

Exhibits must be removed by 2:00 pm





7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Judges Breakfast and Orientation

Student Union

Room 222 V

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Judging of Entries*

Student Union

Room 218 .J

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Judges Lunch

Student Union

Room 219 ..

2:30 p.m. -  3:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

See Below


* Please note that judges are free to leave after their judging duties are completed.*




8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Student and Teacher Registration


Outside of Student Union Ballroom

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Judging of Entries

See Below

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Open Exhibit Hall

All are welcome to view the exhibit entries.

Student Union

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Exhibit Take Down

All exhibits must be removed from the Exhibit Hall by 2:00 p.m.

Student Union

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Award Ceremony

Student Union Ballroom

3:15 p.m. -  4:00 p.m.

Winners Meeting

Student Union Ballroom


Judging of Entries:   See your teacher for your specific room assignment.


Papers will be judged in the Frank & Estell Beam Hall -  BEH 119

Performances will be judged the in the Philip Cohen Theater located in the Student Union

Individual Exhibits will be judged in the Ballroom of the Student Union

Group Exhibits will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 110

Individual Documentaries will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 108

Group Documentaries will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 109

Junior Individual Websites will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 104

Junior Group Websites will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 105

Senior Individual Websites will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 107

Senior Group Websites will be judged in the Frank & Estella Beam Hall – BEH 106

Award Ceremony will be held in the Student Union Ballroom

*Rooms subject to change




Group Documentary
Documentary prepared by more than 1 student
Group Exhibit
Exhibit prepared by more than 1 student.
Group Performance
Performance with more than 1 student.
Group Website
Website designed by more than 1 student.
Individual Documentary
Documentary created by 1 student.
Individual Exhibit
Exhibit designed by 1 student.
Individual Performance
Performance by 1 student.
Individual Website
Website designed by 1 student.
Paper written by 1 student.

NHD Rules & Regulations
Eligibility and Divisions 
Any student in public, private, or home school, in grades 6 - 12 may participate in History Day. The History Day contest has two divisions based on school grade:
1. Junior Division: Grades 6 - 8
2. Senior Division: Grades 9 - 12

Rewards for Participation 
At each level of the competition, outstanding achievement may be recognized through certificates, medals, trophies, or monetary awards. A number of special prizes may be given at the regional, state, or national level. First place winners from the Northern and Southern State Contests are eligible to compete in the National History Day Contest, an event hosted by the University of Maryland-College Park, in June. However, the most important rewards are the skills and new knowledge that students will acquire as they move through the History Day Program. Research, writing, and communications skills will be especially important if students plan to go to college and will help them no matter what direction their lives take.

Contest Categories: 
There are five National History Day categories:

  1. Historical Paper (individual only)
  2. Documentary (Group & Individual)
  3. Exhibit (Group & Individual)
  4. Performance (Group & Individual)
  5. Website (Group & Individual)

Each category in each division is judged separately. Groups may include 2 to 5 students. 

An Overview of General Rules (IMPORTANT - The list below is only an overview, for complete rules click here):

Rule 1: Annual Theme
Entries must be clearly related to the annual theme.
Rule 2: Contest Participation
Students may participate in the research, preparation, and presentation of only one entry each year.
Rule 3: Individual or Group Entry
A paper, individual exhibit, individual performance, or individual documentary must be the work of only one student. A group exhibit, group performance, or group documentary must be the work of 2 to 5 students. All students in a group entry must be involved in the research and interpretation of the group's topic.
Rule 4: Development Requirements
Entries submitted for competition must be researched and developed during the current contest year. Revising or reusing an entry from a previous year is unacceptable and will result in disqualification.
Rule 5: Construction of Entry
Students are responsible for the research, design, and development of their entries. They may receive help and advice from teachers and parents on the mechanical aspects of the project such as typing, but their conclusions must be their own.
Rule 6: Tampering with Another NHD Entry
Tamper, defacing or altering another student's entry will result in your projects disqualification.

Rule 7: Contest Day Set-Up
Students are responsible for setting up their own exhibit, equipment, or props at the contest.

Rule 8: Supplying Equipment
Students are responsible for supplying all props and equipment including computers, projectors, and software for all categories except documentaries and websites.  Projection screens can be requested for performances.

Rule 9: Discussion with Judges
Students should be prepared to answer judges' questions about the content and development of their entry.

Rule 10: Costumes
Students are not allowed to wear costumes related to the focus of their entry except for performances.

Rule 11: Prohibited Materials
Students may not bring any items to the contest that may be potentially dangerous in any way, such as firearms, weapons, etc.

Rule 12: Title
Entries must have a title that is clearly visible on all written materials.

Rule 13: Written Materials - Three copies of each of the written materials listed below must be provided at the state contest (except for historical papers and websites).
 a. Title Page (see Rule 13)
 b. Process Paper (see Rule 14)
 c. Annotated Bibliography (see Rule 15)

Rule 14: Title Page
A title page is required as the first page of written material in every category and must include the total word count.

Rule 15: Process Paper
All categories, except the historical paper, must include a process paper with the entry.  The process paper should describe how the student(s) conducted their research and created their entry in 500 words or less.

Rule 16: Annotated Bibliography
All categories must complete an annotated bibliography.

Rule 17: The Separation of Primary and Secondary Sources
The annotated bibliography MUST be separated into primary and secondary sources.

Rule 18: Style Guides
Either Turabian or MLA style guides may be used for citations and bibliographic sources.

Rule 19: Plagiarism
All sources used in the student's entry must be included in the annotated bibliography.  Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

Rule 20: Entry Procedures
You must register online for the state and national contest by the deadline set by the state and national NHD office.  No exceptions.

Rule 21: Entries for National Contest
The first place winners from the Northern and Southern Nevada contest will advance to the national contest.  In the event the first place winner cannot attend the second place winner from that region will be asked to attend.

Rule 22: National Contest Attendance
All students who entered as a group must be present at the national contest

Judging Criteria: 

Historical Quality (60%)
The most important aspect of an entry is its historical quality. Students should ask themselves the following questions to help focus their historical analysis: Is my entry historically accurate? Does my entry provide analysis and interpretation of the historical data rather than just a description? Does my entry demonstrate an understanding of the historical context? Does my annotated bibliography demonstrate wide research? Does my entry demonstrate a balanced presentation of materials? Does my entry demonstrate use of available primary sources? 

Clarity of Presentation (20%)
Although historical quality is most important, entries must be presented in an effective manner. Students should consider: 
Is my entry original, creative, and imaginative in subject and presentation? Is my written material clear, grammatical, and correctly spelled? Do I display stage presence in a performance? 
Is the visual material I present clear? Do I understand and properly use all equipment? 

Relationship to Theme (20%)
Entries must clearly explain their relation to the annual topic. Students should consider: 
How does my topic relate to the theme? Why is my topic important? 
How is my topic significant in history in relation to the History Day theme? How did my topic influence history? How did the events and atmosphere (social, economic, political, and cultural aspects) of my topic's time period influence my topic in history?

Overview of Rules for Each Category:  (IMPORTANT - The list below is only an overview, for complete rules click here):

Historical Paper

  • 1,500- 2,500 words, excluding notes, annotated bibliography, and title page 
  • Citations - endnotes or footnotes are required  
  • Paper must be typed, at least 11 point font, on plain white 8.5 x 11 inch paper with 1- inch margins 
  • No process paper required 
  • Title page with only the required information 
  • Organization shows clear focus and progression 


  • No larger than 40 inches wide, 30 inches deep, and six feet high when displayed 
  • Media devices (DVD players, PowerPoint, etc.) may not run for more than a total of 3 minutes (It can loop every 3 minutes) and are subject to the 500 word rule.
  • Title is clear, visible, and clearly relates to the theme
  • Labels, captions, and titles include no more than 500 words 
  • Has visual impact and shows interpretation
  • All visual sources are credited on the exhibit but are NOT part of the 500 word count.


  • 10-minute maximum for performance 
  • Costumes must be the student's design, choice of fabric, etc. or they can be rented
  • Maximum 5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes for take down 
  • All props and equipment are student supplied 
  • Only student entrants run equipment and are involved in the performance
  • Title of the entry and names of participants announced prior to the start of the performance


  • 10-minute maximum for presentation 
  • Maximum 5 minutes to set up and take down 
  • The title of the documentary and students names only should be announced prior to the start of the presentation.
  • Students are responsible for running equipment
  • The entry must be original production.  Professional photographs, video clips, etc. may be used; however, they must be cited in the annotated bibliography.
  • Interactive computer programs and webpages are not acceptable.


  • All entries must be an original production and MUST BE CREATED THROUGH the NHD Web Creator.  Professional photographs, video clips, etc. may be used; however, they must be cited in the annotated bibliography.
  • 1200 student composed word limit 
  • All visual and written sources are credited in the website but are NOT part of the 1200 word count.
  • Must have a "home page" with  names of participants, entry title, division, and a main menu 
  • One page of the website must serve as the "homepage" and include the names of the participants, entry title, and the division.
  • A single multimedia clip cannot exceed 45 seconds and the total of all media used cannot exceed 4 minutes.
  • The process paper and the annotated bibliography should be integrated into the website entry and are part of the navigational structure. 
  • Stable content: The content and appearance of a page cannot change when the page is refreshed in the browser.
  • Files must be viewable in a recent version of a standard web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox.
  • The website's URL must be submitted in advance of the contest deadline for judging



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