Vermont History Day is part of the National History Day network. Vermont History Day will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Montpelier High School. 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 11-15, 2017 at the University of Maryland, College Park, near Washington DC.
Important Information for the 2017 State Contest
Good luck to all of the students who will be competing at the Vermont History Day state contest on Saturday, April 8th! We look forward to seeing all of your projects.
Student Schedule (pdf)
Directions to Montpelier High School (pdf)
Tips & Advice for Students (pdf)
Practice Interview Questions (pdf)
Places to Eat near Montpelier (pdf)
Things to Do between Judging and the Awards Ceremony (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 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?
- 2017: Taking a Stand in History
- 2018: Conflict and Compromise in History
How do I enter?
The entry forms (PDF) are due on March 14, 2017 for all entries. Students are encouraged to nominate their projects for Special Prizes.
**Because of the two snow days this week, the registration deadline has been extended to Friday, March 17 at 6:00 pm.**
Historical paper and website projects are due on the submission deadline, March 27, 2017. See Important Dates for 2017 for more information.
Pay registration fees online at: https://vermonthistory.ejoinme.org/MyPages/VermontHistoryDayRegistration
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:
Johnson Family Foundation Fund
George W. Mergens Foundation
Northfield Savings Bank
Washington Electric Co-operative
William T. Doyle History Day Fund