Important Dates & Times

Monday January 25, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Monday February 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Monday February 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Thursday March 04, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Thursday March 04, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Thursday March 04, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Student Conduct:

Students are expected to conduct themselves, both in person and online, in a manner that brings credit to themselves, their schools, and the affiliates they represent. Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the students in their charge.

NHD Rules and Policies for Participants:

Please remember that National History Day is concerned not only for the safety and well-being of students, but also for upholding the wishes of parents, teachers, school principals, and the many supporters who have vested interest in the students' participation. As guests at the Univeristy of Maryland, you are expected to abide by the same rules the University has established for its students. To ensure that your stay is pleasant and trouble-free, you must observe the following rules:

You may not physically harm, threaten to harm, or harass any person, including provoking and/or engaging in physical fights or malicious pranks

Alcholic beverages or other drugs are expressly prohibited except those prescribed by a doctor

Possession of any weapons, firecrackers, or other flammable materials is prohibited. You may not tamper with the fire system or fire safety equipment. You may not set or fuel a fire of any size.

You are responsible for complying with the requests of all chaperones and Univeristy of Maryland officials, including cooperating in cases where you are aware of rules being broken by other students. 

National History Day Contest Rules

National History Day Rule Book

Judging Policy

Contest Advancement Policy

About Us...

At the Agricultural Heritage Museum, we strive to offer reliable and noteworthy information. Please contact your regional coordinator or the state coordinator if you have any questions regarding the contest. We hope you enjoy your participation with National History Day, and we look forward to seeing you!

Regionals: March 4, 2021, Old Courthouse Museum, Sioux Falls (Virtual)

State Competition: April 7, 2021, South Dakota State University (8am-5:30pm)

Contact us:

Region 1 Coordinator: Kevin Gansz

Old Courthouse Museum (605) 367-4210

Agricultural Heritage Museum (605) 688-6226

State Coordinator: Sarah Jacobs


What to Expect During the contest

The 2021 Region 1 Competition will be VIRTUAL. There will be no in-person judging.

Doors open at the Old Courthouse Museum at 8 am.

There is limited free 2 hour parking behind the museum. There is metered parking around the building. The meters are enforced starting at 9 am.

Set up takes place between 8 am and 9 am. Judging begins promptly at 9 am.

Judges will need time to deliberate. The awards ceremony will take place in the 1 o'clock hour.

Places to Eat Nearby:

  •  The Source (Coffee) Jones Building, 421 N. Phillips Ave.
  •  Phillips Avenue Diner 
  •  Please inquire at the front desk for other food recommendations 

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Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

Judging Criteria

As a judge, there are things to look for in every category

Historical Quality (80%)

  • Historical accuracy
  • Historical context
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Historical Argument
  • Use of available primary sources
  • Balanced research with multiple perspectives
  • Historical Significance
  • Student Voice

Clarity of Presentation (20%)

  • Presentation and written materials are original, clear, appropriate, organized, and articulate
  • Entry is organzied; visual impact is appropriate topic

HERE is our judging policy

HERE are our judging rubrics



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