Important Dates & Times

Monday February 03, 2020 at 12:01 AM
Friday February 21, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Contest Rules

Download the National History Day Rule Book

National History Day in Idaho is an exciting way to engage students in history. The program pulls students out of the classroom and into the world of the professional historian. Students track down information about historic people and events by exploring archives, libraries, and other resources.

This research leads to new insights and original conclusions that students use to prepare exhibits, documentaries, websites, papers, and performancesThese projects are entered into competitions in the spring at local, affiliated, and national levels, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates at the national competition held each June at the University of Maryland at College Park.

This is the 34th year of National History Day in Idaho.  Every year, more than 2,500 students across the state participate.

National History Day in Idaho is operated by the Idaho State Historical Society. Learn more at

Contact Us: 
2205 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID 83712
Phone: 208-280-5190


Contest Day Information

Competition Schedule
8:00-9:00      Judges Orientation, Exhibit Set-up
9:00-3:00      Judging 
4:00-5:00      Awards Ceremony

* This schedule is subject to change. 

Advancement Policy

  • Any 4-12thgrade students must compete at a regional contest in order to be eligible for state level competition.
  • All contest locations will follow the same judging and advancement policy.
  • Our policy is to advance the first and second place student in every flight.  A flight will have no more than 10 entries.
    • The decision as to which projects advance and which do not is at the discretion of the judges and they may determine that not all possible projects are eligible to advance.
  • Each student that ranks in the top 4 places of their flight will receive a ribbon.
  • Contest attendance: students must compete in the region in which they live unless they receive special permission from the state coordinator.  
  • There are no finals rounds at the regional contests.

Awards Ceremony

If you are not present at the awards ceremony and you win an award, your ribbon and certificate will be given to your teacher after the awards ceremony or mailed to your teacher.

Must You Stay at the Contest All Day?  No.
You should plan to spend time viewing other projects at the contest, but you are free to leave after morning judging and return later for the awards ceremony. 




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

NHD Judging Criteria

Historical Quality: 60%

  • Historical Accuracy
  • Historical Context
  • Shows Analysis & Interpretation
  • Uses available primary sources
  • Wide Research
  • Balanced Research

Relation to Theme: 20%

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

Clarity of Presentation: 20%

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





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