Vermont History Day is part of the National History Day network. Vermont History Day 2016 will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at U-32 High School in East Montpelier. Students who place first or second with a superior or excellent rating at the state competition are eligible to compete at the National History Day finals on June 12-16, 2016 at the University of Maryland, College Park, near Washington DC.
Important Details about the State Contest
Schedule for the day (PDF)
Directions to U-32 (PDF)
Map of U-32 judging rooms (PDF)
Tips and Advice (PDF)
Practice Interview Questions (PDF)
Places to eat near U-32 (PDF)
What to do in the Montpelier area (PDF)
Who can enter?
All Vermont students in grades 5-12 and home study students ages 10-18 are eligible for Vermont History Day. (Only students in grades 6-12 are eligible to advance to the National History Day contest.)
Vermont History Day provides students with an opportunity to do primary source research and express what they have learned through creative and original dramatic performances, documentaries, research papers, websites, or three-dimensional exhibits. Successful entries show a clear relation to the annual theme and an understanding of the historical significance of the chosen topic. Students meet with judges at the state contest and receive feedback about their projects.
What are the History Day themes?
- 2016: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History
- 2017: Taking a Stand in History
How do I enter?
Historical paper and website entries are not due with the registration form. These two types of entries need to be submitted by March 21, 2016. See Important Dates for 2016 for more information.
How much does it cost?
There is a registration fee of $8.00 per student.
How do I start a website entry?
All website entries must be created on the NHD/Weebly portal You can create your website using the Weebly templates and then "publish" the site so it will be live. The NHD/Weebly portal is easy to use. Check out a sample site.
What rules do I need to follow?
- Participation is open to students in grades five through twelve and home study students ages 10-18.
- Students may participate individually or in a group of up to five.
- Please read the updated National History Day rules.
- All entries are due on the contest day except historical papers and websites, which are due approximately two weeks before the contest day (so judges have time to read them before judging).
How do I contact the state coordinator for more information?
Many thanks to our supporters!
We are very grateful to our Vermont History Day sponsors:
Johnson Family Foundation Fund
Walter Cerf Community Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation
William T. Doyle History Day Fund
U-32 High School
Washington Electric Co-operative