National History Day in Ohio

The Ohio History Connection (OHS) offers the National History Day in Ohio (NHD-OH) program to over 7,000 students statewide and operates in 55 counties. Each year, students, using a national annual theme and, through their own discovery, research and analysis, develop an historical paper, documentary film, dramatic performance, three-dimensional exhibit or website, which is presented at the competitions.

The program works to achieve these major objectives: 1. to improve knowledge and understanding of the importance of Ohio and American history; 2. to increase the number of students receiving access to the National History Day program; 3. to provide more opportunities for teachers to receive professional development in Social Studies using  the National History Day project-based teaching approach; 4. to host high quality competitions that serve as the capstone of the project for students and teachers.

Any Ohio school (public or private) can choose to participate in the National History Day in Ohio (NHD-OH) program. The state competition attracts about 1,400 people annually including students, parents/extended family, teachers and volunteers.

Why is National History Day in Ohio important?

A 2012 nationwide evaluation of the National History Day (NHD) program, which serves more than 600,000 students annually in the U.S., found that students who participate in the program perform better on tests, are better writers, more confident and capable researchers, and have a more mature perspective on current events and civic engagement. Participants also show a greater ability to work with peers and manage their time -- all skills employers say they are seeking in the workplace.

 Many current and former History Day participants can attest to the effectiveness of the program:

  • "Doing an intensive research project and creating something with that research really brings history alive, and participating in NHD helps you to never forget what you have learned."  Student, Graham School, Columbus
  • "Not only have I not forgotten about my 11th grade National History Day project, but the research techniques that I acquired working on the project significantly helped me in college and have proven even more useful in medical school." Former NHD-OH student

Recently, the U.S. National History Day program, which began at Case Western Reserve University in 1974, received the prestigious 2011 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. More than 5 million students have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine and countless other disciplines where they are putting into practice what they learned through NHD.

How can you help? Become a History Day program partner!

You can become a History Day partner at the following sponsorship levels:

 History Day Benefactor
 History Day Patron
 History Day Scholar
 History Day Friend
 History Day Advocate
 History Day Donor







Depending on the level of support, you will receive the following benefits as a NHD supporter:

1) Name and logo recognition on the National History Day in Ohio website, regional and state competition event signage and program collateral materials distributed statewide to students, teachers and parents;

2) Recognition on the National History Day in Ohio Facebook page

3) Recognition on the Ohio History Center's Donor Wall

4) Recognition in OHS member publications

5) Volunteer opportunities for you or your staff to serve as judges during regional and state competitions


Please contact Jerolyn Barbee at or 614.297.2326 for more information.