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Utah History Day Registration

Registration for Spring 2018 Contests Opens January 1st.

HOW TO REGISTER:

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.

REGISTRATION LINKS:

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:

Questions?  

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 Annual Theme

2018 THEME INFORMATION:

Each year National History Day uses a theme to provide a lens to study history. The theme is always broad enough so that you can select topics from any place (local, national, or world history) and any time period. Once you choose your topic, you investigate historical context, historical significance, and the topic’s relationship to the theme by conducting research in libraries, archives, and museums; through oral history interviews; and by visiting historic sites.

This year’s theme, Conflict & Compromise in History, requires you to view history through multiple perspectives. Compromise can sometimes prevent a conflict, but what happens when it does not? If a conflict occurs, how can compromise help to end the conflict? What happens if a failed compromise leads to an even larger conflict? Throughout this academic year, you will need to ask yourself these questions and more.

 Next Year’s Theme: Triumph and Tragedy in History (2019)

Welcome!

What is Utah History Day?

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.

Why History Day?

UHD Home Page PictureHistory 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! 

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Utah History Day
Division of State History
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: 801.245.7253
Email: UtahHistoryDay@gmail.com

Thank You to our Statewide Partners!

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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.UHD- NHD Logo

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.

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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
  • UINTAH BASIN – TBD 
  • 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