Utah History Day is Utah’s official National History Day affiliate. Formerly called Utah History Fair, this program has operated continuously in Utah since 1980. Last year, more than 5,000 Utah students in 4th through 12th grade participated in History Day, learning how to conduct real historical research and then create a final project that showcases their work. Students present their projects in a series of contests beginning at the school or district level and advancing through regional and state competitions. Utah’s top entries qualify to compete at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C., each June.
History Day brings history to life for students as they discover the past by choosing a topic from local, national, or world history, conducting their own research, and drawing reasoned conclusions based on historical evidence. Students who participate in History Day do much more than memorize facts from a textbook, they develop their abilities in reading, writing, critical thinking, and creative presentation. History Day builds a host of college and career ready skills while inspiring students to strive for excellence. Learn more about students’ great experiences!
Can I participate if my school does not? YES! Students may complete a project and enter their local regional competition on their own. No teacher sponsor is necessary to compete as an independent student.
Who can participate? Any Utah student in grades 4-12. Utah History Day is open to children who attend public, private, parochial, charter, online, or home schools.
What does it cost? It’s FREE! There is no registration fee for regional or state competitions in Utah.
Utah History Day is operated by the Utah Division of State History at the historic Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City, home of the Utah State Historical Society, Library and Collections, Utah Historical Quarterly, and next door to the Utah State Archives. We appreciate your excitement, commitment, and passion for this program!
Utah History Day
Division of State History
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Thank You to our Statewide Partners!
National History Day (NHD) is a non-profit education organization that offers year-long academic programs to students around the world. Students enter research-based projects into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.