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Utah History Day Registration

Registration for Spring 2018 Contests Opens January 1st.


1. Choose the correct contest. Scroll down, looking carefully at the options below. You must select the correct link for the regional contest nearest to where you live.

2. Teachers will need to complete Teacher Registration before students can register.

3. Students complete one Student Registration form per student. Group projects should designate one student to register first and create the group entry; the remaining group members then select the group project as they complete their own student registrations.

Questions? Email UtahHistoryDay@gmail.com.


Cache Regional (Cache & Box Elder Counties)

  • Registration closes February 13
  • Students Register Here:
  • Teachers Register Here:

Castle Country Regional (Carbon & Emery Counties)

  • Registration closes January 31
  • Students Register Here:
  • Teachers Register Here:

Central Utah Regional (Sanpete County)

  • Registration closes
  • Students Register Here:
  • Teachers Register Here:

Duchesne-Uintah Regional (Duchesne & Uintah Counties)

  • Registration closes
  • Students Register Here:
  • Teachers Register Here:

Salt Lake Regional (Salt Lake & Summit Counties)

  • Registration closes February 26
  • Students Register Here:
  • Teachers Register Here:

San Juan Regional (San Juan County)

  • Registration closes
  • Students Register Here:
  • Teachers Register Here:

South-Central Regional (Beaver & Iron Counties)

  • Registration closes
  • Students Register Here:
  • Teachers Register Here:

Utah Valley Regional (Utah County)

  • Registration closes February 22
  • Students Register Here:
  • Teachers Register Here:

Washington County Regional

  • Registration closes February 5
  • Students Register Here:
  • Teachers Register Here:

Weber Regional (Weber & Davis Counties)

  • Registration closes February 28
  • Students Register Here:
  • Teachers Register Here:


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 you should register for, 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!

History is Gaining a New Future in Carbon Schools, Sun Advocate, October 19, 2017.

Don’t Know Much about History? These Students Do, Salt Lake Tribune, April 29, 2017.

“History Repeats Itself: Nine Students make Washington, D.C. Competition,” West Valley Journal, August 2017, p. 4.

62 Utah Students Qualify for National History Day Contest in DC, Deseret News, May 10, 2017.

“Belknap 2017 History Fair,” The Beaver County Journal, March 22, 2017, p. 6.

Utah Students Excel at National History Day Competition, KCSG Television, 17 June 2016.

St. George Students Head to National History Competition, St. George Daily Spectrum, 26 May, 2016.

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.

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.

St. Joseph Students Speak Before the Senate on H.B. 64, Intermountain Catholic, February 28, 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 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 Contest Results

National Contest Highlights

Congratulations to the 57 students who represented Utah at the 2017 National Contest. During nationals week, they listened to filmmaker Ken Burns, toured the U.S. Capitol, met with Congressman Rob Bishop on the Capitol Steps, and had a green jello social with Senator Mike Lee. They met young people from all over the world, visited incredible historic sites and museums, and filled their minds with new experiences. Our national delegation included students from Cache Valley, Ogden, Davis County, West Valley City, Salt Lake City, Sandy, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Alpine, Orem, Price, and Hurricane.

2017 National Award WinnersUHD Nationals 2015 116

Outstanding Junior State Entry: Zachary Jessop, Midvale Middle School (Salt Lake): “Each Life is Worth a World: Gil and Eleanor Kraus and the Rescue of Fifty Jewish Children from Nazi Germany,” Junior Individual Documentary.

Outstanding Senior State Entry: Asher Ireland, Timberline Middle School (Alpine): “When the Jews Stood up to Grant: The Story of General Order No. 11,” Senior Individual Performance.

National Top Ten Entry: Hattie Ransom, Timberline Middle School (Alpine): “Andree de Jongh’s Stand: Rebellion and Resistance Against the Nazis During World War II,” 8th Place Junior Individual Website.

George Washington Leadership in History Prize: Tyler Pierce, Bethany Prettyman, Katie Snow, Mersedez Clifford, and Tessa Atwood, Carbon High School (Price): “The Secret Heroes of the American Revolution: The Culper Spy Ring’s Stand for Freedom,” Senior Group Documentary. Prize sponsored by George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

2017 State Contest Results: Click HERE

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

State contest coverage from The Salt Lake Tribune.

Past Years

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.

Training, materials, and lunch will be provided.

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.

2018 Contests

  • STATE CONTEST – April 28, Hillcrest Junior High School, Murray
  • LOGAN – March 6, Utah State University, Taggart Student Center
  • OGDEN – March 23, Weber State University, Shepherd Student Union
  • SALT LAKE – March 23, Salt Lake Community College, Taylorsville Campus
  • OREM – March 22, Utah Valley University, Sorensen Student Center
  • PRICE – March 16, Carbon Events Center
  • EPHRAIM – TBD, Snow College
  • BEAVER – March 16, Beaver High
  • ST. GEORGE – March 3, Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School
  • BLANDING – February 13, Utah State University, Blanding Arts & Events Center


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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 Peters, 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 Resources

Theme & Topic Resources

Research Resources

Contest Rules

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

Join Our Email List!  

You’ll receive program updates, resources, deadlines, and essential information throughout the year. To add your name, send an email to UtahHistoryDay@gmail.com.


Utah History Day Divisions and Categories


  • Documentary
  • Exhibit
  • Historical Paper
  • Performance
  • Website



  • 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


  • Youth: Grades 4-5 (school & regional levels only)
  • 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 Documentary, Exhibit, Performance, and Website, but not in Historical Paper.

Groups should be formed at the beginning of the project so all students participate in the research and development phases. Group members may drop out of the project, but new members cannot be added.


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! 

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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.comThe 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 on the “websites due” date for your contest. 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