History Day

2019 National History Day-Riverside County Competition Highlights

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, 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 2-14, 2020
Website and Historical Paper Pre-Judging
March 14, 2020
Riverside County History Day Competition | 8:00 a.m.
Awards Ceremony | 4:00 p.m.
Vista del Lago High School, 15150 Lasselle Street, Moreno Valley
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

2020 Riverside County History Day Competition Entries (with presentation/interview times and room numbers) * (available early March 2020)

*All students should check in at the Gymnasium 10 to 15 minutes prior to their presentation/interview time.

  • General information regarding each category and what to bring the day of the event (available early March 2020)
  • Map of Vista del Lago High School Campus (available early March 2020)