What is History Day?

National History Day is a nation-wide event that provides students, grades 4-12, with the opportunity to conduct their own historical research and present it to the public.  By either creating an exhibit, a website, a documentary, a paper, or a performance, students have the ability to go through the process of acquiring information, internalizing their material, and teaching others what they have learned.  

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is the proud host of Ohio’s Region 2 contest.  Each year in March, the Hayes Library & Museums welcomes over 100 students to display their projects to the public.  Some of these projects are then sent on to the state competition in Columbus where they may qualify for the national competition in Maryland.

Throughout the United States, into U.S. territories, and even internationally, History Day now includes nearly 600,000 participants yearly.  This event has received such notice that in 2011 President Barack Obama awarded National History Day with a National Humanities Medal.



History Day 2020

The theme for History Day 2020 is Breaking Barriers in HistoryThe intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding. 

To learn more about this years theme, please visit the National History Day website at nhd.org or click any of the links at the bottom of this page. 


History Day in the News

Check out this article about how a student and her teacher, through their research for their History Day project, were able to identify the remains of a WWII soldier. Who knows who or what your History Day project could effect!





The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums would like to say a special thank you to our History Day sponsors, Mike & Laurie Sistrunk. 


Region 2 History Day site: https://oh-rthplm.nhd.org/?f=38c5ea86-ed39-4e15-84ce-88d17e520f3e

Why Ohio History Day? Infographichttp://www.ohiohistory.org/OHC/media/OHC-Media/Documents/WhyOhioHistDayInfographic.pdf

Ohio History Day Sitehttp://www.ohiohistory.org/learn/education-and-outreach/ohio-history-day

National History Dayhttp://www.nhd.org/