Vermont History Day is part of the National History Day network. Vermont History Day took place on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Montpelier High School. Forty-nine students placed first or second with a superior or excellent rating at the state competition and are eligible to compete at the National History Day finals on June 10-14, 2018 at the University of Maryland, College Park, near Washington DC.
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 engage in 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 annual History Day themes?
- 2018: Conflict and Compromise in History
- 2019: Triumph and Tragedy in History
How do I enter?
The entry forms (PDF) are due on March 13, 2018 for all entries. Students are encouraged to nominate their projects for Special Prizes.
Historical paper and website projects are due on the submission deadline, March 26, 2018.
New this year, students may - but are not required to - submit their documentaries online by April 2, 2018.
See Important Dates for 2018 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 National History Day rule book.
- 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?
Contact Victoria Hughes, the Vermont History Day coordinator, at (802) 828-1413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to our supporters!
We are very grateful to our Vermont History Day sponsors:
George W. Mergens Foundation
Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation
Rotary Club of Montpelier Charitable Foundation