History Day

group photo of high school students wearing medals

106 Students from Riverside County Advance to National History Day-California Competition

(2017 History Day Press Release | History Day Photo Gallery)

Grades 4-12

National History Day (NHD) is a year-long educational program in which students in grades 4-12 become historians.

After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about the significance of their topics in history, and create final projects to present their work. These projects can be used at the school site for rich project-based learning experiences and/or entered into a series of competitions from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.

Within Riverside County, the competition begins at the school level, with winners advancing to a district competition, then to the county level. Riverside County winners advance to the NHD-CA State Competition and state winners then advance to the national competition held in June each year.

Important Dates

July, 2017
History Day 2017-2018 Begins
“Conflict and Compromise in History”
September 6, 2017
Riverside County History Day Teacher Orientation
RCOE Conference Center, 3958 Twelfth Street, Riverside | 4:00 p.m.
February 8, 2018
District Competitions Must Be Complete
February 14, 2018
District Registration Deadline
(includes all student registration forms and judge requirement)
February 20, 2018
Historical Papers Submission Deadline
Websites locked as of 11:59 p.m.
March 1 – 10, 2018
Website/Historical Paper Pre-Judging
March 2, 2018
Documentaries Submission Deadline
March 10, 2018
Riverside County History Day Competition | 8:00 a.m.
Awards Ceremony | 4:00 p.m.
Valley View High School, 13135 Nason Street, Moreno Valley
May 5-6, 2018
NHD-CA State Competition
William Jessup University, Rocklin
June 10-14, 2018 
National History Day Competition
University of Maryland, College Park

Dates subject to change.

**Historical papers with annotated bibliography must be submitted, in PDF, to tcase@rcoe.us

History Day Volunteer Registration

Please register using our History Day Judge Form.


Registration Form

Entry Registration Form

Student Participation Form


Riverside County History Day Rulebook

NHD Theme Sheet

NHD Theme Book

NHD Delivers the New California HSS Framework

History Day Project Rubric

Resources provided by National Archives at Riverside:

Introduction for NHD Teachers

Types and Examples of Archival Repositories

Example of Sources Available on Topic (The “Zoot Suit” Riots)

Example of Sources Available on Topic (Challenging Racial Segregation in Southern California Schools)


2018 Riverside County History Day Competition Entries (with presentation/interview times and room numbers) –