History Day

March 20, 2020 Update – Virtual NHD-CA registration and submission information.

Please use the following information to check CHAMPION entries moving on to the NHD-CA Virtual Competition and for directions for registration and entry submission.

We appreciate your patience with us as we work through the details regarding History Day. We are grateful for the outpouring of community support and willingness to work with us through a virtual process of submission.

Since the cancellation of the event, some emerging details have surfaced that would allow us to move forward with a virtual event. The deadline for submissions to the State has been extended to April 1st. We are confident that we can develop a process of virtual submission and subsequent judging while meeting the deadline.  Monday morning, key stakeholders at the county office met to lay out a plan of submission, judging, public viewing, and awards.

Key Dates

  • March 19, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
    Entry Submission due via Provided Google Form
  • March 23-27, 2020
    Judging Window/Consensus “Run Off”
  • March 27, 2020, 3:00 p.m.
    Virtual Awards Ceremony
  • April 1, 2020
    Submission of RCOE Finalists to State
    Champion Entries – Students and Teachers must register individually on the NHD-CA Virtual Competition Website
  • April 15, 202
    NHD-CA Submissions due for Documentary, Paper, and Website Entries
  • April 24, 2020
    NHD-CA Submissions due for Exhibit, Poster, and Performance Entries

We recognize that in light of district closures throughout the county, accessibility may become an issue for participants in terms of submission requirements. Please reach out to the Leadership, Innovation, and Outreach Department immediately if you anticipate or are experiencing issues submitting entries. We will work with you throughout the process.

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.

2019 National History Day-Riverside County Competition Highlights
2019 History Day Press Release | History Day Photo Gallery

Important Dates

July, 2019
History Day 2019-2020 Begins
“Breaking Barriers in History”
September 5, 2019
Riverside County History Day Teacher Orientation
RCOE Conference Center, 3958 Twelfth Street, Riverside | 4:00 p.m.
February 18, 2020
District Registration Deadline
(includes all student registration forms and judge requirement)
February 28, 2020
Historical Papers Submission Deadline
Websites locked as of 11:59 p.m.
February 28, 2020
Documentaries Submission Deadline
March 19, 2020
Entry Submission Deadline
March 23-27, 2020
Riverside County National History Day Judging Window/Consensus “Run Off”
March 27, 2020, 3:00 p.m.
Riverside County National History Day Virtual Awards Ceremony
Friday – Sunday,
May 8-10, 2020
NHD-CA State Competition
William Jessup University, Rocklin
Sunday – Thursday,
June 14-18, 2020 
National History Day Competition
University of Maryland, College Park

Dates subject to change.

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

History Day Volunteer Registration

Please register using our History Day Judge Form.


2019-2020 Registration Form

2019-2020 Entry Registration Form

2019-2020 Student Participation Form


Riverside County History Day Rulebook

2019-2020 NHD-CA Theme Sheet 

2019-2020 NHD Theme Information – Breaking Barriers in History

2019-2020 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)

Selecting a Research Topic

Theme Ideas