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Utah History Day Registration

Registration for Spring 2018 contests opens in January.


1. Choose the correct contest. Scroll down, looking carefully at the options below. Click on the contest that serves you. (If you’re not sure, email utahhistoryday@gmail.com and we’ll help you.)

2. Teachers need to register their schools and themselves 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.

District-Level Contests

If you attend a public school in one of these districts, you must register and compete in the District-Level contest. Top district entries then advance to the regional level.

Canyons School District – Registration deadline tba

Davis School District – Registration deadline tba

Ogden School District – Registration deadline February 10

Regional Contests

Cache Regional (Cache, Box Elder) – Registration deadline February 13

Castle Country Regional (Carbon, Emery) – Registration deadline January 31

Salt Lake Regional (Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele) – Registration deadline February 26

San Juan Regional – Registration deadline February 9

South-Central Regional (Beaver & Iron Counties) -Registration deadline March 7

Utah Valley Regional (Utah County) – Registration deadline January 31

Washington County Regional – Registration deadline February 5

Weber Regional (Weber & Davis Counties) – Registration deadline February 28


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

Registration Tips

  • Registration deadlines 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.

Instructions for Website Students

  • You need to provide the Weebly URL for your website during registration.
  • Your URL should look like this:  https://12345678.nhd.weebly.com.
  • If your URL has words instead of numbers in the middle, you’ll need to convert it to NHD Weebly before you register.
  • To convert: go to nhd.weebly.com  and login using your Weebly username and password. Click “Convert” and write down your new URL.
  • If you have trouble 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.


Utah History Day Annual Theme


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)


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

Utah History Day Judging Opportunities

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
  • 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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Vaccinations in Wasatch County

Jessie L. Embry
The History of Wasatch County

Health care is another area in which government became increasingly involved around the turn of the century. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, residents frequently shared contagious diseases. Lethe Belle Coleman Tatge of Midway described epidemic outbreaks of diphtheria and smallpox. At first the only ways to prevent spreading disease were to keep the sick people home and cancel public meetings. The Heber City Board of Health, established in 1898, set the rules for quarantines for Heber and one mile outside the city limits. The board of health enforced these rules and required the families to pay the city’s expenses of posting signs. The president of the health board could bar all public meetings when there was an epidemic. Even with these measures, disease control continued to be a problem throughout the county. When the local health board canceled public meetings, people still met each other and spread the infection. Communities tried several other methods. In 1902 the Midway Board of Health ruled that children under the age of sixteen could not attend public amusements. The board did not discontinue schools during an epidemic in 1906, arguing that while the students were in class they did not intermix as much with other residents.

At the turn of the century, many Americans believed government overstepped its bounds if it mandated newly developed vaccinations. The Wave editor stated he would favor compulsory vaccinations only if they were absolutely necessary, because he did not feel they were safe. Midway residents felt that requiring vaccinations was “unAmerican,” “unconstitutional,” and would not prevent the spread of the disease. This was a common belief in Utah, and in 1901 the state passed an anti-vaccination law. The Wave applauded the move: “In other words, it robs the tyrant of his power to rob the people of their right to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'” In response to a Salt Lake Tribune article asking why allow quarantines and not vaccinations, The Wave said it favored quarantining but questioned the logic of requiring children to have vaccinations when others in public places had not. The debate continued. No final decisions were made, and in January 1901 Heber Central School decided not to bar non-vaccinated children if there were no new cases of smallpox. The next month the schools were opened to all children regardless of whether they had been vaccinated.

By 1909 that opinion had changed. Dr. W. R. Wherritt, a local physician who also worked for several communities, called a public meeting at the Heber Second Ward meetinghouse. He requested money from the school fund to pay for vaccinations, and The Wave applauded the idea. State and county citizens continued to debate the issue, and in 1922 the state board of education encouraged but did not require vaccinations for smallpox.

Sources:  Tatge, 9, LDS Church Archives; Wasatch Wave, 22 April 1898, 2; Midway City Council Minutes, 23 December 1902. Wasatch Wave, 21 December 1900, 2; 13 March 1991, 2B; 1 February 1901, 2; 8 February 1901, 2; 11 January 1901, 3; 8 February 1901, 3. Wasatch Wave, 8 October 1909, 2; 2 March 1922, 5.