Important Dates & Times

Monday December 02, 2019 at 12:01 AM
Wednesday February 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 9:00 AM


To  download a copy of the NHD Rule Book, click HERE.

Students are expected to conduct themselves, both in person and online, in a manner that brings credit to themselves, their schools, and the affiliates they represent.

Begun in 1974, at Case Western University in northern Ohio, National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for 6th to 12th grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designer, playwrights, and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of contests at the local and state levels, and an annual national competition in the nation’s capital in June.

The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency is an historical site in west central Ohio, where visitors can tour John Johnston's 1815 homestead, as well as other landmarks that span more than a thousand years of history. For more information, click here.

The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency is partnered with the Ohio History Connections.

What to Expect During the contest

The contest will be held at Piqua Junior High School, located off Looney Road on Tomahawk Trail, north of US 36. If you are on I-75, exit at US 36 and head east, Looney Road is the first traffic light. Turn left, and proceed to the traffic light at CR 25A, turn right and the Piqua Junior High/High School entrance will be on your right. Follow the drive as it takes you to the parking lot in front of the building to the left. 


History Day Schedule, March 7, 2020

8:00 am – Participant Registration begins

9:00 am – Project judging begins

11:30 – First round project judging completed

11:45 – Second round judging

1:30 – Awards Ceremony


All contest activities will take place at Piqua Junior High School.

For your convenience, there will be food available for purchase on site, beginning at 8:30 AM, and running through the lunch break.

There is NO PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE INTERNET at Piqua Junior High School.


Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

Judge Criteria

As a judge, your task is to decide if the project you are judging adequately explains the topic's relationship to the theme, provides basic information about the topic, its significance in history, and draws conclusions about its significance.

Historical Quality (60%)

  • Historical accuracy
  • Historical context
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Use of available primary sources
  • Wide research
  • Balanced research

Relation to Theme (20%)

  • Clearly relates to theme
  • Demonstrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions

Clarity of Presentation (20%)

  • Presentation, written materials are original, clear, appropriate, organized and articulate
  • Entry is organized; visual impact is appropriate to topic



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