Parent and students at NHD


National History Day in Ohio can help your students enhance their interest and skills in history. Through NHD-OH, students will:

               • Learn how to conduct a research project
               • Learn how to write an annotated bibliography
               • Gain presentation skills
               • Build confidence in personal abilities


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Parents' Role in National History Day

Parent participation is an essential part of the National History Day process. National History Day asks students to step outside their comfort zone and learn new skills like researching at an archive or interviewing a World War II veteran. These endeavors often require parental help. Parents can do a lot to assist their students in the creation of their National History Day project, while allowing the student to truly own the end product.

• Selecting a Topic and Conducting Research

Act as a sounding board for your child as they brainstorm ideas. Is the topic too broad? Too narrow? Are there interesting local or state topics that would fit the theme? Check out the Theme page for a sheet explaining the yearly theme as well as a list of topic ideas.

Encourage your student to explore resources beyond the internet. While the number of digital collections is growing, they only represent a small number of primary sources available for research. Help your student access other resources by providing transportation to a local library or historical society. Visit the Ohio Local History Alliance to find one near you!

• Creating the Project

Students are responsible for the design, construction, and presentation of their project, but you may assist them in completing tasks they may not be able to do themselves, such as operating power tools. Students may need advice or assistance on mechanical aspects of their project. Parents may also instruct students on how documentary or website software works, but the students are responsible for using that knowledge to create a project.

Help your students with time management skills. History Day is a long term project and students may need help setting a timeline and meeting deadlines.

• At the Competition

Volunteer to help at your district or state event. Competitions require a lot of assistance (registering entries, directing students, etc.) Contact your teacher, district coordinator, or state coordinator for more information. You will also find a volunteer sign up form on our website.

Students are responsible for setting up their own projects and running any necessary equipment. They may receive reasonable help in carrying in props and exhibits. However, set up must be completed by the student.

Support your child. Calm your child's nerves and make sure they have all necessary materials. Remind your student that completing a History Day project is a big accomplishment.
For more detailed information on assisting with student projects, see the Contest Rule Book.
Important Dates
In order for students to participate in their District (regional) History Day event, they must register before the deadline. District History Days take place Saturdays in March and early April. Click here for more detailed information about District History Day events.

If a student qualifies for Ohio History Day, they will receive info packets, including registration information, directly following their District History Day.

Ohio History Day is Saturday April 26, 2014 in Columbus. Click here for more information on Ohio History Day.

The top two projects in each category will move on to National History Day, June 15-19, 2014 at the University of Maryland in College Park. National History Day includes students from across the country, American Samoa and Puerta Rico. Go to for more information on National History Day.

More Information

If you are interested in the program and would like more information, please contact the National History Day in Ohio office.