Oregon History Day

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside half a million students in grades 6-12 across the country. Education Manager, Kristen Pilgrim, works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project and Oregon Encyclopedia to conduct research on the annual theme. 

The 2017 National History Day® theme is Taking a Stand in History. Students create their  project in one of five categories: paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary. Students can work individually or as a group.

The History Day program includes school, regional, state, and a national competition.  Students are selected to go to the state and national contests.  The state contest is Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Concordia University in Portland.

The national contest is June 11–15, 2017, at University of Maryland, near Washington DC. Various scholarships and awards are available.  For more information on National History Day®, visit www.nhd.org.

If you would like to participate in History Day, contact Kristen Pilgrim at kristen.pilgrim@ohs.org.

For Teachers

Prepare your students for History Day by using the documents and links compiled here for easy reference.

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For Students

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For Judges

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Registration, Due Dates, Fees, and Important Info

Registration dates for students and teachers, student project due dates, fees, and other important information.

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National History Day, June 12, 2016
Trading Buttons, National History Day, June 12, 2016

Trading buttons

National History Day, June 12, 2016
Lily and Mark Fitzharris

Lily and Mark Fitzharris 

Courtney Lupton-Turner, National History Day, June 13, 2016

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network

Thyreicia Simtustus
Madras High School
Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network, by Thyreicia Simtustus, Madras High School, Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network

Thyreicia Simtustus
Madras High School
Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network, by Thyreicia Simtustus, Madras High School, Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network

Thyreicia Simtustus
Madras High School
Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network, by Thyreicia Simtustus, Madras High School, Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network

Thyreicia Simtustus
Madras High School
Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network, by Thyreicia Simtustus, Madras High School, Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network

Thyreicia Simtustus
Madras High School
Madras, Oregon

National History Day, June 15, 2016
	 Dmitri Mendeleev: The First Explorer of the Elements, by Sai Hitesh and Vavilapalli Dawin Ye, Portland, Oregon

Dmitri Mendeleev: The First Explorer of the Elements

Sai Hitesh and Vavilapalli Dawin Ye
Portland, Oregon

The Rise and Fall of Rajneeshpuram by Katrina Carrier, Oak Hill School

The Rise and Fall of Rajneeshpuram

Katrina Carrier
Oak Hill School
Eugene, Oregon

Marshall Nirenberg: Deciphering the Genetic Code by Felix Tse and Geoffrey Gu, Stoller Middle School, Portland, OR

Marshall Nirenberg: Deciphering the Genetic Code

Felix Tse and Geoffrey Gu
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

National History Day, June 13, 2016
National History Day, June 13, 2016
National History Day, June 14, 2016
National History Day, June 14, 2016
Geoffrey Gu with Dr Franklin Portugal, June 15, 2016

Geoffrey Gu with Dr Franklin Portugal, June 15, 2016

Geoffrey Gu and Felix Tse with Dr Franklin Portugal, June 15, 2016

Geoffrey Gu and Felix Tse with Dr Franklin Portugal, June 15, 2016

National History Day, June 15, 2016
National History Day, June 15, 2016
National History Day, June 15, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, with Representative Suzanne Bonamici, June 15, 2016

Students with Representative Suzanne Bonamici, June 15, 2016

National History Day, with Representative Suzanne Bonamici, June 15, 2016

Students with Representative Suzanne Bonamici, June 15, 2016

National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
Awards Ceremony, National History Day, June 16, 2016

Awards Ceremony

National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 18, 2016
National History Day, June 18, 2016

What is History Day?

  • History Day is a fun program that encourages students to become historians and critical thinkers by developing research, analysis, presentation and social skills.
  • Working individually or in groups of two to five students, junior (grades 6–8) and senior (9–12) division students select a topic related to the annual theme. Students conduct historical research using primary sources, articles, and books, then distill their research and analysis into one of the five categories: performance, documentary, exhibit, website, or research paper.
  • Oregon History Day (OHD) is the state contest and National History Day ® (NHD) is the national contest.
  • Students may choose to compete within their school or at regional contests held in February and March. Students enter their projects against others in the same division and category. Selected students advance to the Oregon History Day state contest, held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Concordia University in Portland.
  • Students who finish in first and second place at Oregon History Day in each category may be selected to go on to the National contest, held on June 11–15, 2017, at the University of Maryland near Washington DC. .
  • The 2017 annual theme is Taking a Stand in History.

Oregon History Day Logo 

National History Day®

Why should my students participate in History Day?  …for lots of proven reasons!

History Day...

  • Fulfills state requirements in the social studies and other subjects
  • Is flexible and provides an ideal framework to teach research, writing, critical thinking, interpretation, and presentation skills
  • Develops real-world skills that, as reported by the students, prepare them for college and work better than any other assignment in their education
  • Improves academic performance, reading proficiency, and historical literacy, including research skills, vocabulary building, and authentic engagement in learning
  • Is effective!  See the national program evaluation: http://nhd.org/classroom-connection/nhd-in-the-classroom/nhd-works/.

How can I learn more about implementing History Day in my classroom?

I am participating in History Day!  Who should I contact?

  • Contact the Oregon state coordinator, Kristen Pilgrim, at Kristen.Pilgrim@ohs.org to let her know you are participating so you can be added to the state list of participants. This information is important as it informs OHS of how many students to plan for at the Oregon History Day state contest.

2016 National History Day Oregon Results

Junior Level

  
Entry #
Category
  
Round:
Rank
  
Title, Special Awards
  
Students
  
Teachers
  
School
 

10009
Junior Paper

 

Jr. First Round:
2

 

Exploring the Western Seas: The Cultural Exchange and Foreign Encounters of the Ming Treasure Fleet
Outanding State Entry

 

Shamamah Khan

 

Colleen Medlock

 

Stoller Middle
Portland, OR

 

10013
Junior Paper

 

Jr. First Round:
4

 

Electronic Music: Technology and Musical Innovation

 

Abe Luedtke

 

Tyler Hartanov

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene, OR

 

11102
Junior Individual Documentary

 

Jr. First Round:
2

 

Diego Velazquez: Encounters Between Art and Diplomacy in Spanish Politics

 

Anwesha Mukherjee

 

Colleen Medlock

 

Stoller Middle
Portland, OR

 

12077
Junior Group Documentary

 

Jr. First Round:
9

 

Jane Goodall

 

Finley Cox
Chase Sullivan

 

Brett Bruins
John Ward

 

St. Mary's School
Medford, OR

 

12091
Junior Group Documentary

 

Jr. First Round:
6

 

Taiping Rebellion

 

Lily Fitzharris
Mark Fitzharris

 

Tyler Hartanov

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene, OR

 

15020
Junior Individual Exhibit

 

Jr. First Round:
10

 

The Rise and Fall of Rajneeshpuram

 

Katrina Carrier

 

Tyler Hartanov

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene, OR

 

16014
Junior Group Exhibit

 

Jr. First Round:
5

 

Marshall Nirenberg: Deciphering the Genetic Code

 

Felix Tse
Geoffrey Gu

 

Colleen Medlock

 

Stoller Middle
Portland, OR

 

16088
Junior Group Exhibit

 

Jr. First Round:
3

 

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

 

Claire Brimhall
Abigail Schipper
Diem Han Nguyen
Ritika Saripalli

 

Colleen Medlock

 

Stoller Middle
Portland, OR

 

17018
Junior Individual Website

 

Jr. First Round:
4

 

The Opium Wars

 

Thomas Chen

 

Colleen Medlock

 

Stoller Middle
Portland, OR

 

17087
Junior Individual Website

 

Jr. First Round:
6

 

Jeanette Rankin: A Pioneer for Peace and Equality

 

Jared Charbonneau

 

Tyler Hartanov

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene, OR

 

18028
Junior Group Website

 

Jr. First Round:
8

 

Exploring Disease: Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

 

Rachel Cheon
Sofia Lee
Nikhita Mathur
Lani Waggoner
Angela Xie

 

Colleen Medlock

 

Stoller Middle
Portland, OR

 

18087
Junior Group Website

 

Jr. First Round:
6

 

Discovery of the Atomic Theory

 

Sreetej Kalapatapu
Sachin Pillai
Abhigya Sodani
William Xu

 

Colleen Medlock

 

Stoller Middle
Portland, OR

Senior Level

  
Entry #
Category
  
Round:
Rank
  
Title, Special Awards
  
Students
  
Teachers
  
School
 

20023
Senior Paper

 

Sr. First Round:
5

 

Catherine of Siena and Gregory XI: The Journey of the Papacy from Avignon to Rome

 

Theresa D'silva

 

Georgina D'silva

 

Independent
Portland, OR

 

21001
Senior Individual Documentary

 

Sr. First Round:
6

 

The Common Touch: Woody Guthrie's Encounter with The Bonneville Power Administration

 

Jake Sprenger

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Helix High School
Helix, OR

 

21079
Senior Individual Documentary

 

Sr. First Round:
8

 

Wings Clipped, Liberation Extended

 

Mecaila Espey

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Helix High School
Helix, OR

 

22021
Senior Group Documentary

 

Sr. First Round:
2

 

Primate Pioneers: Ham & Enos Exploring the Heavens

 

Ashton Marks
Macey Tullis

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Helix High School
Helix, OR

 

22069
Senior Group Documentary

 

Sr. First Round:
1

Sr. Finals :
6

 

The Historic Columbia River Highway: An Engineering Marvel Opens Exploration Through the Columbia River Gorge
Oustanding State Entry

 

Caiden Marks
Bethany Newtson

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Helix High School
Helix, OR

 

25011
Senior Individual Exhibit

 

Sr. First Round:
2

 

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network

 

Thyreicia Simtustus

 

Courtney Lupton-Turner

 

Madras High School
Madras, OR

 

25084
Senior Individual Exhibit

 

Sr. First Round:
9

 

Space

 

Samantha Kasitz

 

Tyler Hartanov

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene, OR

 

26027
Senior Group Exhibit

 

Sr. First Round:
6

 

Dmitri Mendeleev: The First Explorer of the Elements

 

Sai Hitesh
Vavilapalli Dawin Ye

 

Madhavi Lukalapu

 

Independent
Portland, OR

 

27004
Senior Individual Website

 

Sr. First Round:
7

 

The Manhattan Project: Making of the Atomic Bomb

 

Emi Tran

 

Brett Bruins
John Ward

 

St. Mary's School
Medford, OR

 

28017
Senior Group Website

 

Sr. First Round:
2

 

Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in the California Gold Rush

 

Len Nguyen
Jessica Yang

 

Ning Yang

 

Independent
Portland, OR

 

28075
Senior Group Website

 

Sr. First Round:
8

 

Eva Peron's Encounter with the Feminist Movement

 

Ilsa Frazer
Sabrina Honorato

 

Tyler Hartanov

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene, OR

National History Day All Results