Oregon-History-DayOregon History Day is part of the nationwide National History Day (NHD) program. A major goal of National History Day is to work to improve the teaching of history in schools. The yearlong program includes a history competition that begins at the local level and culminates in a national contest. The competition is open to students in private, public, and home schools.


The Oregon Historical Society is proud to sponsor the Oregon History Day contest and to support this national educational endeavor. Visit to learn more.




Bring History Day to your school! Contact Oregon History Day Coordinator and OHS Education Manager Denise Brock at 503.306.5251 or


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Oregon History Day Contest


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Oregon Historical Society

Portland, Oregon

Registration Fee: $20


Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest


June 14-18, 2015

University of Maryland at College Park

Washington, D.C.

Oregon History Day FAQs


1) What does a History Day project look like?


Students will present their work in one of five ways: a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site. In the spring, students may enter their work into local contests, where it will be judged by professional educators and historians. If their work is chosen as one of the best, students will advance to the Oregon History Day contest in Portland. Winners of the state contest will be eligible to attend the National History Day Contest. This is where the best projects from across the United States, America Samoa, Guam, International Schools, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe all meet and compete. The best entry from Oregon will be awarded round-trip airfare to the national contest in Washington, D.C.


2) What is the 2015 National History Day topic?


The 2015 National History Day topic is “Leadership and Legacy in History.” Links to resources on the theme, as well as sample topics, are located at the top of this page.




3) What are the acceptable formats for a History Day project?


Students can present their History Day project in one of five ways: a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site. All categories except papers can be done in groups of up to 5 students. Students compete in one of 2 categories: grades 6-8 or grades 9-12.


4) What are some tips for selecting a topic and creating a successful History Day project?


  • Look at topics that took place in the past, not current events.
  • Look at the impact the topic had over time.
  • Look for topics that took place at least 20 years ago. To understand the historical importance of your topics, you must ask questions of time and place, cause and effect, change over time, and impact and significance.
  • Make sure to ask questions like Who was involved? Why did these events happen? Why do these events matter? Regardless of the topic you select, you must do more than narrate what happened.
  • Make interesting and thought-provoking conclusions, based on evidence.
  • Investigate primary and secondary sources, analyze evidence, and make clear connections between the theme and your topic.


5) What is the deadline for submitting my History Day project?


Papers and websites are due by April 9, 2015. Exhibits, performances, and documentaries will be presented at Oregon History Day on April 18, 2015.


6) How many students qualify for the National History Day contest?


This is dependent on the quality of entries across the country, but in most cases both the first and second place state winners are invited to compete in the National History Day Contest.


7) Are there any scholarships awarded for participating in Oregon History Day?


Yes. The Oregon Historical Society offers three awards, each worth $500. More details on these scholarship opportunities will be sent to students upon registration.


8) Are there prizes awarded for winning National History Day?


Yes. Read more about the prizes offered at National History Day, including college scholarships, here.

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