Illinois History Day (IHD) is a state-wide program for students grades 6-12 who are interested in building research skills while learning about their state’s history. Illinois History Day curriculum is flexible and can be tailored to suit any classroom. Students can create a research paper, exhibit, website, documentary, or performance about Illinois’ long and varied history.
Students will present their research at regional contests across the state. Those who receive a superior ribbon at their regional will be able to attend the state competition hosted in Springfield in May.
The next Illinois History Day is set for May 7, 2020 in Springfield.
Illinois History Day works in association with National History Day which is hosted in College Park, MD every June. Students who wish to participate in National History Day must apply the annual theme to their project and frame their argument around it. Students are not required to participate in National History Day but must make that distinction upon registration.
The National History Day theme for 2020 is “Breaking Barriers in History”