Illinois History Day

Virtual Contest Updates

As we continue to move through the 2019 – 2020 season there have been many changes due to the continued concerns of COVID-19 and large public gatherings. In response to these concerns Illinois History Day has moved to a Virtual Contest setting where we are hosting all remaining regionals and the State contest online. With that, we will post score updates here on the Illinois History Day page as those scores become available. You may find them at the links below.

Central Regional Competition (Updated 5/1/2020 16:55)

Chicago Metro Advancing Projects

Hutsonville Regional Competition

Southern Regional Competition (Updated 5/1/2020 16:55)

State Affiliate Contest

NHD Advancing Projects

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.

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”

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