Welcome to the Upper Shore Regional History Day

Important Dates & Times

Saturday March 13, 2021 at 2:30 PM

2021 Contest Awards Ceremony



Welcome to Upper Shore Regional History Day!


Welcome to the home page for the Upper Shore Regional History Day Contest. National History Day is a fun and challenging event that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation, and social skills. Working individually or in groups, Junior Division (grades 6-8) and Senior Division (grades 9-12) students select a topic related to an annual theme. The 2022 NHD theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. Students conduct extensive historical research using primary and secondary sources . . . and then distill their research and analysis into one of five presentations: a dramatic performance, a multimedia documentary, a museum exhibit, website, or historical research paper. 

Upper Shore Regional History Day serves the Maryland Eastern Shore counties of Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot.  USRHD is a second round competition within the National History Day contest cycle, following the individual school or county competitions.  First and Second Place finishers at USRHD advance to compete at the Maryland History Day competition.

This website has information about the contest, how to register, as well as many links to assist you as you work on your projects.  Be sure to check out the appropriate tab above that best describes you.

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Contest Date: 2022 Date TBD 

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration Opens: TBD

Registration Deadline: TBD

Contest LocationWashington College

Chestertown, Maryland

Regional Contest Contact: Thomas Hayman      





Contest Disclaimer:

National History Day and Upper Shore Regional History Day do not censor Contest entries based upon content. This means that the views and opinions expressed in student entries are those of the students and/or the sources cited in their projects. They may not and often do not represent the views or opinions of National History Day, Inc. or its donors, sponsors, supporters, partners, or affiliates

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Upper Shore Regional History Day Student Page

Welcome Students! We are happy that you have decided to participate in Upper Shore Regional History Day this year. Congratulations on advancing from your school or county competition.  Before you get started, there are several things we'd like you to keep in mind:

  1. Registration Deadline is February 19th at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Your teacher must register before you can register.
  3.  If you are registering as a group, one student in the group must register first with the project. Afterwards, other group members can register and connect themselves to the same project using the team key that is provided to the first student at the very end of the registration process (it is also emailed to that student when they complete registration). If any of your group members accidently register without linking to the group project with the team key, please contact your teacher or Thomas Hayman so that they can connect it for you in the system.
  4. Be sure to look over all provided contest materials (NHD Rule Book, Contest Packets, and the information from your teacher) to make sure you complete your project correctly, and bring everything required to the contest.
  5. If you are in the Website Category, please make sure you save the final version of your NHDWebCentral website by 11:59p.m. on February 19th.  Once websites close, your website will be locked from editing until after the contest. Please see the instructions for more information or the NHD website for tutorials.
  6. If you are in the Paper Category, please make sure you upload a PDF of your paper to the portal before registration closes.
  7. If you are in the Documentary Category see the instructions. Please make sure you upload a PDF of your process paper amd annotated bibliography to the portal before registration closes.


Student Registration

Before You Begin

Be Sure Your Teacher Has Registered

Your teacher must register BEFORE you can register.  If you are not working with a teacher, you are an Independent Student (see below). 

Independent Students

If you are working without a teacher, please have a parent or other trusted adult register as your “teacher” in the system. Your “teacher” designee will receive contest related emails and must be able to share them with you. Have them follow the Teacher Registration Instructions. Please also send the contest coordinator an email letting them know you are competing independently.

Your Email Address

Please provide a working email address that will accept mail from zfairs.com. If your school blocks student accounts from receiving outside mail, use a personal or parent’s email (gmail, etc.) that is checked regularly.  

Your NHD Account Lasts All Year

You will only create one NHD Student Account for the entire year. You will use the SAME STUDENT LOGIN for each contest if you advance through local, regional, state, and national levels. Save your username and password so you can easily access and update your information. Do not open additional accounts.

Registration Fees: THERE IS NO FEE!


STEP 1. Create Your Student Account – one for each student

  • Select Create Account from top menu bar and select Student from the dropdown menu.
  • Enter your name and email address and click Next.
  • Confirm your email works: Go to your email inbox and look for the Confirm Email Address message from NoReply@zfairs.com (it may be in your spam folder). Click on the link inside the email, follow prompts.
  • Return to the Verify Email Address page and continue your registration.
  • Complete personal contact information (please provide your complete mailing address).
  • Create a password.  Write down your username and password and keep them in a safe place.
  • Click Save and Continue.  This will take you to the project registration section.


You’ll Know Your Registration is Complete When:

In the contest website, look on the Students Main page for two banners that say Account Created and Waivers Accepted. You must be logged in to your student account to see them. You’ll receive a Registration Complete email from NoReply@zfairs.com (check your spam folder).

STEP 3. Teacher, School, Grade, Permissions, Waivers

Select your school, teacher, and grade.   If your school and/or teacher do not appear on the dropdown list, contact the contest coordinator for assistance. Students and parents must agree to NHD permissions and waivers. Save and exit.

Students 2-5:

  • Each of you will create your own student account as described in Step 1.
  • In the project information section, click on Link/Join Existing Team Project and enter the Project Key for your group.
  • DO NOT create a new project.

Students competing in a GROUP category: 

Student 1:

  • Click Create a New Project.
  • Enter your title (you can change it later).
  • Select your category (this cannot be changed).
  • Continue and complete the registration process.
  • Copy down the Project Key code and share it with your group. You can find it anytime under My Profile.

STEP 2. Provide Your Project Information

Students competing in an INDIVIDUAL category: 

Click Create a New Project. Enter your title (you can change it later). Select your category (this cannot be changed).


Creating Your Project

How to Create an NHD Project: A Step-by-Step Guide


Choosing a Topic

2021 Theme Book - Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

2021 Theme Narrative - Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

Historical Context Graphic Organizer

Possible Topic List

Novice Topic List


CBMM Topic List 2021.pdf

Maryland Historical Society Topic List 2021.pdf

NMAAHC Topic List 2021.pdf

Reginald F. Lewis Museum Topic List 2021.pdf

Thinkport Inquiry Kit Topic List 2021.pdf

Pride of Baltimore Topic - Privateers


Conducting Research

The Research Process             

Helpful Research Links

Maryland Historical Society

Enoch Pratt Library Research Toolkit

NMAACH Resources

Edward H Nabb Research Center


Maryland Historical Society Open Access Saturdays    

October 12, November 2, November 16

NMAAHC Workshops

September 28, October 19, November 16


Creating an Entry

There are five different types of projects that you can complete for History Day. Documentaries, Exhibits, Performances, and Websites can be done as a group or individually. Papers may only be done individually. Take a look at the guidebooks, rules checklists, and evaluation rubrics for each type of project below to see what you might be interested in. After your work is underway, refer back to these guides to keep you on track.


Exhibit Performance

Documentary Guide Book               

Documentary Rules Verification

Documentary Evaluation Rubric

Exhibit Guide Book              

Exhibit Rules Verification

Exhibit Evaluation Rubric

Performance Guide Book

Performance Rules Verification

Performance Evaluation Rubric


Paper Website

Paper Guide Book              

Paper Rules Verification

Paper Evaluation Rubric

Website Guide Book

Website Rules Verification

Website Evaluation Rubric


Credits vs. Captions (PDF)

Bibliographies Made Easy (PDF)

All About Annotations (PDF)





Upper Shore Regional History Day Teacher's Page

Welcome Teachers! Thank you for all you do in supporting your students with their History Day projects!  We are so happy that you have decided to participate in History Day this year! A few things to keep in mind as you register for the contest: 

  1. Registration Deadline is February 19th at 11:59 p.m. 
  2. You must register before your students can register. Directions for teacher and student registration can be found at the following here.
  3. When registering, please pay close attention while selecting your school in the system as some schools have very similar names. Contact Thomas Hayman if you can't find your school or homeschool group listed so that it can be added. 
  4. Before students register, please be clear to them how registration fees will be collected. Also outline what parts of the registration process they are responsible to do on their own (i.e. mailing in paperwork, uploading projects, etc.) 
  5. Please be aware that the February 19th registration deadline is also when NHDWebCentral websites will be locked from editing. Historical papers and process papers will need to be uploaded by that date as well.
  6. Instructions for the Website category are here. Tutorials are here. Instructions for the Documentary category are here.


Teacher Registration


Teachers Register First

Teachers must register BEFORE their students can register. When students register, they will select you from a list of registered teachers.

Email Addresses

Teachers and students need to provide a working email address that will accept mail from zfairs.comIf your school blocks student accounts from receiving outside email: have your students provide a personal or parent’s email (gmail, etc.) that is checked regularly.  Users may put the same email address in all email fields, and parents with more than one child participating can use the same email for all children.

Your NHD Account Lasts All Year

You will only create one NHD Teacher Account for the entire year. You will use the SAME TEACHER LOGIN for each contest as your students advance through local, regional, state, and national levels. Save your username and password so you can easily access and update your information. Do not open additional accounts.


You can view your students’ registration status and edit their information using your My Students list. You’ll find this in your NHD Teacher Account. A thumbs-up next to a student’s name means they have completed their registration. You can edit student and project information, and link or unlink students from an entry.

Registration Fees: THERE IS NO FEE!


STEP 1. Create Your Teacher Account

  • Select Create Account from top menu bar and select Teacher from the dropdown menu.
  • Enter your name and email address and click Next. Prove you’re not a robot.
  • Complete personal contact information. Provide your preferred mailing address.
  • Create a password.  Write down your username and password and keep them in a safe place.
  • Click Save and Continue. 

STEP 2. Link Your Account to Your School

  • Select your school from the Schools I Teach At list.  
  • If your school does not appear on the list, stop here and contact the contest coordinator. Tell them to add your school to the system.
  • Continue registering after your school has been added.

STEP 3. Answer Additional Questions, Permissions, Waivers

  • Please help us by providing the total number of your students who are using NHD in any way this year, even if they will not register for a contest.  This is how we gather student participation for the entire state, and we depend on you to make these numbers as accurate as possible. Thanks!
  • Agree to NHD permissions and waivers.
  • Save and exit.

You’ll Know Your Teacher Account is Complete When:

  • You arrive at the Registration Complete screen that shows your username.
  • You receive a Registration Complete email from NoReply@zfairs.com (check your spam folder).
  • Your students may begin registering after your account is complete.

How to Find Your MY STUDENTS List

  • Login to the correct contest, using the username and password established above.
  • Look for the My Students button in the top white menu bar.

If Your Students Advance to Regionals/State/Nationals

  • Do not create a new Teacher Account. The system will advance your account to the next contest automatically.
  • You will receive an email from zfairs.com with a link to access the next contest.
  • Click on the link. Use the username and password you established above to login to your Teacher Account.
  • Always access the contest in which your students are currently competing.  Once they have advanced, you cannot edit information in previous contests.


Overview Documents and Resources

New to NHD?

Why NHD Works

HELP! I'm a New NHD Teacher: 4-Part Video Series

Contest Rule Book






2021 NHD Resources

2021 Theme Book - Communication in History

2020 Theme Narrative

Maryland Humanities 2020 Flash Drive Resources


How is Participating in History Day Beneficial?

History Day program provides an excellent way for teachers to incorporate educational standards and learning goals into their classrooms. It can also be an excellent process to Prepare students for AP level analysis of primary and secondary sources.

The History Day students will:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of an historical event related to an annual theme, with respect to its relationship to other events.
  • Understand what is meant by historical context and be able to relate their projects to events that occurred before and after.
  • Develop alternatives to traditional problem-solving methods.
  • Explore creative ways of presenting historical material related to their topics.
  • Become more comfortable using library and other historical resources.



Professional Development/Workshops

Maryland Huamnities Professional Development Request

Maryland Humanities Classroom Visits - Request for Student Assistance


Judge's Main Page


Thank you for your time and expertise in dedication to our students! As a judge in the Upper Shore Regional History Day competition, there are many things to consider. This page is designed to help you understand National History Day, the judging process, and specific information relative to the Upper Shore Regional contest.

Please take some time to look through all of the materials carefully. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Thomas Hayman, USRHD contest coordinator, at thomas.hayman@qacps.org. You can also reach out to our contest Judge Coordinator, Lindsee Harrell at HarrellL@calvertnet.k12.md.us


It's not just a day, it's an experience!

Thank you for your interest in the Upper Shore Regional History Day competition. The competition's success depends upon enthusiastic volunteers to serve as judges. Are you a history enthusiast, college or university instructor, K-12 teacher, curator, archivist, or historic sites manager? Anyone with an interest in history and a willingness to encourage children as they explore and practice historical research is welcome to volunteer as a History Day judge. Please complete your registration if you would like to be a judge.

Your help is greatly appreciated by the teachers, students, and parents. Please notify our office at least one week in advance of your contest if you have to cancel, excepting emergencies the day of. Always feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Whether this is your first USRHD experience or you're a seasoned pro, our team is dedicated to preparing all of our judges for a positive NHD experience. All of our regional judges will be invited to a zoom judges orientation on February 27, 2021 from 10:30 to 11:45. This orientation will be recorded and distributed for later viewing. All of our judges will also receive a google folder filled with category-specific step-by-step guides on online judging, and information on how to give helpful feedback to our students. As always, our Judges Coordinator will be available to answer more specific questions and clarify any points of confusion.  

Judging Process and Responsibilities 

As judges, you will be working in teams of two to four to evaluate student projects in one of the five project categories (papers, websites, exhibits, documentaries, and performances). You will be asked to evaluate no more than 10 projects and will be responsible for working as a team to determine which projects will advance to our state contest (no pressure). Judges can expect to have a week to judge and rank student projects. 

Although the contest will not be in-person this year, judges are expected to be present for virtual student interviews on the day of the contest. 

Category Requests  

We will do our best to assign you to the category and division you requested, but please be aware that participation numbers sometimes dictate otherwise.


History Day is a fast paced event that requires flexibility and good humor and we thank you in advance for your assistance making this a positive and memorable experience for volunteers and students alike. Although we encourage judges to remain for the awards ceremony, it is not required.


Upper Shore Regional History Day Judge Oreintation...coming soon.

This document will be posted soon and will provide a full overview of the process of judging at History Day. Please review this document very carefully before March 13, and reach out to HarrellL@calvertnet.k12.md.us if you have any questions.


Here is what you need to know now:


Upper Shore Regional History Contest (interviews and final round): March 13, 2021

Virtual Award Ceremony: March 14, 2021



This year’s theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.

New Rules and Evaluation Forms

The contest rules have been updated and the judging evaluation forms have a new format. We will provide training materials prior to the contest, but in the meantime, you can watch two short videos about the updates on the judge section of the Maryland History Day website using this link.

Virtual Contest Judging Schedule

First Round Judges

Judges will receive their projects to evaluate approximately two and a half weeks before the contest. They will then have approximately ten days to review the projects, which generally takes 3-4 hours. Judge groups will then schedule a meeting to determine their rankings, with the meeting lasting about 1 hour.

Rankings are due the Monday before the contest (March 8), from the judge captain. Judges may then use that week to edit their comments and feedback, which should take about 1 hour. On the day of the contest (March 13), judges will interview students for 10 minutes per student team (the projects will not be presented), taking approximately 2 hours.


Final Round Judges

Finals judges will receive their projects the Wednesday prior to the contest (March 10). They will then review the projects and take notes, which should take 3-4 hours. On the contest date (March 13), finals judges will confer starting at 12 p.m. to decide on their rankings, about 2 hours. They will then have until the end of the day to edit their feedback.


Virtual Judging Information

Judging will be done using our online judging system. Students will submit all of their entry materials electronically for all categories. Notably, in the performance category, students will submit videos this year. Also, in the exhibit category, students will either start with a virtual exhibit or create a physical exhibit that they know they will need to convert to a virtual format, meaning that the end product will be easily viewable.


Directions for Signing Up to Judge

To sign up to judge for the virtual 2021 Upper Shore Regional History Day Contest:

  1. Go to www.md-qacdc.nhd.org.
  2. Go to the “Create Account” section, found on the menu bar at the top of the page and select judge.
  3. Enter your name and email address. Click “Next.”
  4. You will receive an email from NoReply@zfairs.com. Follow the link in the email to continue registration
  5. Complete Judge’s Personal Information. Please note that the system will automatically generate a username that is a composite of your first and last name, without spaces (e.g. ThomasHayman). You may change your username.
  6. IMPORTANT: Write down your username and password. You will need them later.
  7. Complete the judging preference questions on the next page.
  8. Indicate your agreement with the required permissions and waivers on the last page.


What Happens Next?

After you sign up to judge, you will receive an automatic confirmation of your registration by email from Zfairs.com and might land in your spam folder. I will be in touch periodically and will send your judging assignment closer to the contest date.


Detailed Judging Rubric

This judging rubric can help inform your work in scoring student projects. 

Documentary Judge Instructions.pdf

Exhibit Judge Instructions.pdf

Website Judge Instructions.pdf

Paper Judge Instructions.pdf

Performance Judge Instructions.pdf

Sample Score Sheets - The sample score sheets linked below reflect the pages you will complete for each project you evaluate. Scoring sheets will be provided for you on the day of the contest. 

Documentary Sample Score Sheet

Exhibit Sample Score Sheet

Paper Sample Score Sheet

Performance Sample Score Sheet

Website Sample Score Sheet

Judging FAQs


Absolutely!  We welcome veteran judges as well as new judges.  Every Contest begins with a training session run by Upper Shore Regional History Day Staff. Judging teams will consist of a mix of veteran and first-time judges.


No qualifications are required to judge a History Day event. However, judges should possess an interest in history and be comfortable interacting with students.  Judging involves evaluating projects with a critical eye, making decisions and offering students constructive feedback on their work.


At both the Regional and State level, a judging session typically requires a minimum of 6 hours. This includes an orientation followed by examination of student work, interviews with students, and determination of top entries. Judges who review Historical Paper and Website entries have a slightly different schedule with a similar time commitment. As a judge, we’ll invite you to participate or view a few webinars before the competition, but they aren’t required.


%u200BThe basic task of judges is to evaluate the students’ entries and provide both the positive and the constructive feedback that is essential to the learning process. Judges begin the day with an orientation where they review the day’s timeline, learn how to use the National History Day scoring sheets, discuss consensus judging, and meet their fellow judges and judge captains.  There will be time for questions and answers.  Judging teams will consist of two or three members, with a mixture of veteran and novice judges. Judges evaluate the student entries in 10 to 15 minute intervals, with time to interview the student(s) about their project.  Judges fill out the score sheets and come to consensus on the winning entries. You are welcome, but not required, to stay for the Awards Ceremony.


Questions asked during the judging process should give students the opportunity to talk about what they learned while creating their project.  The Contest is the students' day to shine! The judge should never talk more than the student or make them feel as though they have not done enough research.  Questions about their research process, sources used, inspirations for the topic, and what they liked about the project are all appropriate questions. All judges will be provided a list of potential questions during the orientation session.


To sign up to be a judge, go to the top of this page and click on create an account and then select judge.

Upper Shore Regional History Day looks for volunteers to help with all aspects of the competition. This is a great option for your spare time and to build your resume.  Service Learning hours will be offered to student volunteers.  Help with registration, be a campus guide, or help with clean up.  We can use your individual talents in many ways!

If you are an educational group, camp, or museum, and are interested in setting up a booth at our event, please contact Thomas Hayman.  You may distribute literature or brochures regarding your organization and give away small items, but no selling of items is permitted.  Organizations must be approved by the USRHD staff prior to coming to the event.  


Jim Apple Commitment to History Award

In March of 2020, Upper Shore Regional History Day honored longtime Queen Anne’s County teacher and history enthusiast, Mr. Jim Apple, with an award named in his honor. Mr. Apple displayed a passion for history, never missing an opportunity to share local history with anyone he came in contact with. It is through people like Mr. Apple that keeps history and the humanities alive on the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland.


The Jim Apple Commitment to History Award is awarded annually to recognize individuals who have dedicated their time, talent, and efforts to local and regional history to serve as a role model of excellence. The award honors those explicitly associated with the Upper Eastern Shore Counties of Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot.


2020 - Mr. Jim Apple

2021 -    TBA



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