Frequently Asked Questions About History Day
- What grade levels can participate?
- Can a student not enrolled in a public school participate?
- What is this year's theme?
- How do I start my research?
- How do I find out about categories and contest rules?
- How does a student compete in a regional competition?
- How does a student take part in the state competition?
- How does a student take part in the national competition?
- Is there an entry fee?
- Who pays for travel to the national competition?
- Are there prizes for the winners?
- How do I apply for scholarships?
- Useful links
What grade levels can participate?
There are three age divisions: Youth (grades 4-5), Junior (grades 6-8), and Senior (grades 9-12). Regional and state competitions are open to all age divisions. The national competition is for junior and senior divisions only.
History Day is open to all the students of Idaho. Public, charter, private, and home schooled students are all encouraged to participate.
Every year the competition is based around a unique theme. The 2011-2012 theme is "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events."
In a nutshell, you will choose a topic that is appropriate for the annual theme, research your topic using primary and secondary sources, choose a category to show your findings, and present your project to judges for evaluation. Check out the Getting Started page for more information.
Students may choose to present their topics in one of five categories: Documentary, Exhibit, Historical Paper, Performance, or Web Site:
- Rules for All Categories
- Rules for Web Sites
- Rules for Documentaries
- Rules for Performances
- Rules for Historical Papers
- Rules for Exhibits
The first step in the competition is to participate in a regional competition. There are currently six History Day regions in Idaho. To find out more about your local competition, contact the regional coordinator closest to you.
The 2013 National History Day in Idaho contest will be on Saturday, April 6 at the College of Idaho. To be eligible for the state competition, a student must first compete in one of the regional competitions. Top finishers in each category at the regional contests can compete in the state competition held at the College of Idaho. For more information contact your state history day coordinator or go to the State Contest page.
History Day Coordinator
Idaho Historical Museum
610 N Julia Davis Drive
Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 334-2120, ext. 19
Top finishers in the junior and senior divisions of the state-level competition are eligible to compete in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest held on the University of Maryland campus at College Park, MD. Qualifying students will receive registration information for the national competition at the state awards ceremony.
Is there an entry fee?
There is an $8.00 fee to enter a regional competition and a $12.00 fee to enter the state competition.
- REGIONAL HISTORY DAY ENTRY FEES: Checks for Regional History Day entry fees may be made payable to your area's Regional History Day Coordinator. Please indicate on the "memo" line that the check is for History Day and the name of the student(s) being paid for.
- STATE HISTORY DAY ENTRY FEES: Checks for the State History Day competition ONLY should be made payable to the Idaho State Historical Society. Please indicate on the "memo" line that the check is for History Day and the name of the student(s) being paid for.
All registration fees and travel expenses such airfare, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of the student and their family. Students may apply for small travel scholarships sponsored by the Union Pacific Foundation. The state coordinator will proved winners the information on how to apply for these scholarships.
Students may win a wide variety of prizes during National History Day in Idaho. Most regional contests award ribbons and/or medals as prizes. First and second place winning entries from each regional level contest of the National History Day in Idaho program are eligible to compete at the state level competition. Awards presented at the state contest include ribbons, medals, scholarships, cash prizes, gift certificates, books, organization memberships, etc. To be eligible for any of these awards, students must first compete in a regional program. First and second place entries from the junior and senior divisions of the Idaho state competition may advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest held at the University of Maryland the second week of June. For a complete listing of available Student Awards and Special Prizes, see the Awards and Scholarships page.
Rules of all categories: