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Utah History Day Registration


1. CHOOSE THE CORRECT CONTEST. Scroll down, looking carefully at the options below. You must select the registration link for the regional contest nearest to where you live.

2. TEACHERS complete one Teacher Registration form per school.

3. STUDENTS complete one Student Registration form per entry. This means that a group project should only be registered one time, and all members of the group must be included in that registration.

4. Remember, registration is free for History Day contests in Utah.


Cache Regional (Cache & Box Elder Counties):

Castle Country Regional (Carbon & Emery Counties):

Central Utah Regional (Sanpete County);

Duchesne-Uintah Regional (Duchesne & Uintah Counties):

Salt Lake Regional (Salt Lake & Summit Counties):

San Juan Regional (San Juan County):

South-Central Regional (Beaver & Iron Counties):

Utah Valley Regional (Utah County):

Washington County Regional:

Weber Regional (Weber & Davis Counties)**

Davis County School District:

Ogden School District: 


Contact us at UtahHistoryDay@gmail.com. We will be happy to assist you!

Registration Tips

  • Registration closing dates vary. Be sure you register before the deadline for your contest.
  • Website and Historical Paper entries are due before the competition. If you are competing in either of those categories, pay attention to those deadlines. Look them up HERE.
  • If you are not sure which contest serves you, please contact us: utahhistoryday@gmail.com

Instructions for Website Students

  • You need to provide the Weebly URL for your website during registration. It should look like this: https://12345678.nhd.weebly.com.
  • If your URL has words instead of numbers, you’ll need to convert it to NHD Weebly before you register. It’s simple: Go to nhd.weebly.com  and login using your Weebly username and password. Click “Convert” and write down your new URL. If you experience issues converting your website contact nhdsupport@weebly.com.
  • Websites will lock for judging on the date specified for your contest. You will not be able to access your site during the judging period.
  • Websites will unlock after the competition, allowing you time to make revisions before the next competition.

Instructions for Historical Paper Students

  • Judges will read Historical Papers before the day of the contest.
  • You will need to mail four (4) hard copies of your paper to your contest coordinator by the due date listed for your contest in the Registration Schedule.  Please email your regional coordinator if you need their mailing address.
  • Then, plan to attend your regional competition prepared for a 5-minute judges interview about your project.


Utah History Day in the News!

Utah Students Excel at National History Day Competition, KCSG Television, 17 June 2016. http://www.kcsg.com/view/full_story/27211225/article-Utah-students-excel-at-National-History-Day-competition?

St. George Students Head to National History Competition, St. George Daily Spectrum, 26 May, 2016.  http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2016/05/26/st-george-students-head-national-history-competition/84945114/

Utah History Day Showcases student research and presentations, The Pyramid, 14 April, 2016

Seven Local Historians Qualify for National Competition, ETV10 News, 26 April, 2016
http://etv10news.com/seven-local-historians-qualify-for-national-competition/ Eight

Carbon High Students Compete at National History Fair, ETV10 News, July 21, 2015

Two Catholic Students Advance to National History Day 
Competition, Intermountain Catholic, May 8, 2015

Layton Students Headed to National History Fair, Ogden Standard Examiner, May 6, 2015

Legacy and Leadership at History Fair, 
San Juan Record, March 25, 2015

Carbon, Emery, and Grand Students Compete in History Day Fair, ETV10 News, March 19, 2015

Students Ponder Leadership and Legacy in History at Utah History Day Contest in Price, ETV10 News, March 6, 2015

Local Students Learn, Compete, and Explore at National History Day, ETV10 News, July 1, 2014

Student Competition Takes Historical Look at Rights and Responsibilities, Deseret News, April 24, 2014

Kaysville Sixth Graders Headed to National History Contest,
Standard Examiner, May 7, 2014

Utah Students Do Well at National History Day, June 20, 2013

Olivia Baird Selected to Participate in US Freedom Pavilion Grand Opening
Deseret News, March 5, 2013

Utah History Day on KBYU Eleven Community Connection
Utah History Day is honored to appear on KBYU Eleven Community Connection.  Click here to see the interview.

Utah History Fair Receives Official Citation from the Utah State Legislature
March 8, 2012

Hannah  Anderson takes 1st at the Kenneth E. Behring NHD Contest,  2011

Mayra Payne takes 9th at the Kenneth E. Behring NHD 
Contest, 2011


Helper Junior High students participate in the Kenneth E. Behring NHD Contest, 2011

Midvale Middle School prepares for the Kenneth E. Behring NHD Contest, 2011

History of the Utah History Fair via the Utah Humanities Council’s Beehive Archive, 2011

Great work Natalie Howe and Sadie Topham, 2010

The Utah History Fair and Nicholas Demas receives the Utah Humanities Council’s Human Ties Award, 2010

Utah History Day Results

The 2017 Utah History Day State Contest is in the books!

Thank you to all of our contestants for sharing your histories, your creativity, and your energy at State, and congratulations to all for a job well done!

Click for 2017 UHD State Contest Results and Special Award Winners.

Congratulations to Laura Lefler of Timberline Middle School, who received the inaugural Mike Johnson Utah History Day Teacher of the Year Award.

Coverage from The Salt Lake Tribunehttp://www.sltrib.com/home/5233964-155/dont-know-much-about-history-these

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National Contest Results – Utah Delegation

Utah State Contest Results

UHD – Judges

Sign up to judge HERE!

Do you love history? Are you great with kids? Sign up here to judge at a History Day competition this spring!

History Day gets young people excited about learning history by giving them the chance to be junior historians. They do extensive research, analyze real historical sources, and draw conclusions based upon what they find. Their topics may be drawn from local, regional, national, or world history. They present their work in one of five formats:   

Exhibits  ~  Documentaries   ~   Performances  ~  Websites  ~  Papers

History Day truly makes a difference for kids, and they gain skills they will use for years to come. But we can’t do it without hundreds of committed volunteers who give of their time to evaluate projects and provide meaningful, thoughtful feedback to each student.

Judges training and lunch will be provided.

2017 Contests

  • STATE CONTEST – APRIL 29, Hillcrest Junior High School (126 East 5300 South, Murray)
  • LOGAN – March 7, Utah State University, Taggart Student Center
  • OGDEN – March 24, Weber State University, Shepherd Student Union
  • SALT LAKE – March 17, Salt Lake Community College, Karen Gail Miller Conference Center (9750 South 300 West)
  • OREM – March 20, Utah Valley University, Sorensen Student Center
  • UINTAH BASIN – Roosevelt/Vernal
  • PRICE – March 4, Carbon High School
  • EPHRAIM – March 24, Snow College, Greenwood Student Center
  • BEAVER – March 24, Belknap Elementary
  • ST. GEORGE – March 25, Lava Ridge Intermediate School
  • SAN JUAN – February 22, Utah State University, Blanding Arts & Events Center

Judging Hours*  

  • 8:00-1:30 first round only
  • 8:00-3:30 both rounds

* Actual times will vary depending upon the size of the competition.

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For Teachers

Teacher Resources 

Mike Johnson Utah History Day Teacher of the Year Award

Beginning in 2017, the Utah History Day Teacher of the Year Award is given each year in honor of Mike Johnson, who directed this program from 1991-2006. Mike was respected and loved by the teachers and schools he served throughout the state, and he cultivated a dynamic approach to history education through what was then called the Utah History Fair. Teachers who receive this annual award receive $500 from the Utah State Historical Society, and are recognized at the Utah History Day State Contest in April. 

Read more about Mike Johnson and his legacy. 

2017 Mike Johnson Utah History Day Teacher of the Year

  • Laura Lefler, Timberline Middle School (Alpine)

2016 Utah History Day Patricia Behring Teachers of the Year

  • Kim Perry, Clayton Middle School (SLC)
  • Tacy Hymas, Mount Logan Middle School (Logan)

2015 Utah History Day Patricia Behring Teachers of the Year

  • Candace Peterson, Centerville Elementary
  • Chris Sweeney, Carbon High School

2014 Utah History Day Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year

  • Sara Hacken, Lakeridge Jr. High School, Orem

2013 Teachers of the Year

  • Utah History Fair Teacher of the Year: Michael Wagner, Tabiona Public School
  • Utah History Fair Teacher of the Year: Jeff Low, Thomas Edison Charter School North, Logan
  • Patricia Behring Award Nominee: JoLyne Merchant, Thomas Edison Charter School South, Logan

Utah History Day Project Toolkit

The Big Picture

How-To Guides

Contest Rules and Materials

  • NHD Rule Book – More than just the rules, this is a handy guide to creating an entry.  Full of useful information!
Theme & Topic Resources

  • 2017 Theme Guide – Handout for students and parents.
  • 2017 Theme Book – Full color curriculum book including theme info, sample topics, and lesson plans.
  • 2017 Topic Ideas – Look for ideas from Utah, U.S., European, and World History.

Research Resources

Join Our Email List!  You’ll receive program updates, deadlines, and essential information throughout the year.Email UtahHistoryDay@gmail.com.

We are here to help! Please contact us at UtahHistoryDay@gmail.com


Utah History Day Divisions and Categories


  • Website
  • Documentary
  • Performance
  • Exhibit
  • Paper



  • How to create a History Day website 
  • Sample Websites
  • Saving your website is free and simple! Between June 20-August 31, use your NHD Weebly username to login at www.weebly.com. Click the ‘Convert’ button to convert your site to regular Weebly. You will receive one month of Pro Features for free, allowing time to edit your site. (After the 30-day free period ends, do not edit your site or you will be charged for Pro.) Your website will then be saved permanently on Weebly at no charge.




Historical Papers


  • Primary: Grades 4-5*
  • Junior: Grades 6-8
  • Senior: Grades 9-12


Students may choose to work as an individual or part of a group. Groups are composed of 2-5 students and may compete in all categories except Historical Paper.

UHD- How to Advance

Sample Projects

Learn from some of the best projects around, created by students just like you! Check out our project examples, and then click  HERE  to view examples of outstanding national-caliber History Day projects, Process Papers, and Bibliographies! 

* Primary division students compete at the school and regional level. Primary students do not compete at state or national.

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Utah History Day Website Instructions

  1. Open a free NHD Weebly Account. Website projects MUST be built in NHD Weebly, not in regular Weebly. Here’s how:
    • Go to https://nhd.weebly.com
    • Provide your best email address when setting up the account, as that is the only way a password can be recovered should the student forget it.
    • An 8-digit web address (URL) will be assigned to each entry. This is the URL that judges will use to access a web site for judging. Students and teachers must keep this URL noted for reference and for registration purposes.
    • Group Entries, although accessed by more than one student, will call for only a single account to be created. All students working on that particular entry will use the same login to access their site.
  2. Creating a website (http://nhd.org/entering-contest/creating-an-entry/website/ )

  3. Register your website entry for the contest
    • During registration, students enter the 8-digit URL they were assigned when they first set up their website. The URL will look like this: http://12345678.nhd.weebly.com.The bold part of the URL is the 8-digit ID for that website entry. When registering for your contest, be sure to type in this 8-digit code accurately. Do not enter http:// or .nhd.weebly.com.  Use ONLY the 8-digit URL that identifies your website.
  4. Help! I need to convert my website to NHD.Weebly so I can register for a contest!
    • If the website was created at the regular Weebly site rather than weebly.com, the student will need to convert the website prior to competition.  Here’s how:
    • Go to weebly.com and use the student’s username and password to login.
    • Once in the NHD Web Portal, students will be prompted with a “Convert” button to switch their accounts to NHD Weebly and their URL to the 8-digit ID.
    • Upon clicking “Convert” the students’ web site will fully become an NHD Weebly account.
    • If students experience issues converting their web site, they should contact nhdsupport@weebly.com.
  5. Website Judging
    • Judges will read through all Website entries prior to the day of your contest. Website entries will be locked for judging according to the Registration Schedule . During the judging period you will not be able to make any changes to your project. Be sure that your website is completed by the deadline, then plan to attend your regional competition prepared for a 5-minute judges interview about your work.   Be sure to enter the URL correctly when you register for your contest, so the judges are able to access your web site.
  6. Improve Your Website for the Next Level
    • Once the judging period ends, the websites will be unlocked allowing those entries that are advancing to be modified before the next level of competition.
  7. Preserving Your Website
    • If you would like to preserve your website after the competition season ends, you can transfer your site to regular Weebly, where it will be hosted free of charge.
    • Between June 20-August 31, go to www.weebly.com and login using the same username and password you use to enter your website. Click on CONVERT. After converting your site, you will receive 1 free month of Weebly Pro features allowing you to edit or add materials to your website. Once the free month is over, do not edit your website or you will be asked to pay for Weebly Pro. 
  8. Sample websites