Important Dates & Times

Monday January 04, 2021 at 12:01 AM
Friday February 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Saturday March 13, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Saturday March 13, 2021 at 4:00 PM
Saturday March 13, 2021 at 8:30 AM

Download the National History Day Rule Book

Student Conduct

  • Students are expected to conduct themselves, in person and online, in a manner that brings credit to themselves and their schools.
  • Treat other competitors with respect at all times.
  • All students must be accompanied by a chaperone while at the contest. Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the students in their charge. 
  • Pack out everything you pack in, including trash and contest supplies. Do not leave exhibits or performance props behind. Clean up your messes.


Student Registration and Submission Instructions

*All students should bring 3-4 copies of the process paper and bibliography to share with judges.

Exhibits and Performances: Students provide and transport any props or additional materials needed. 

Papers: Your paper and bibliography must be uploaded with your registration by 11:59 PM on Friday, February 19, 2021. At that time, registration will close and you will not be able to upload your paper. Both the paper and bibliography should be submitted as one PDF document.

Websites: All websites must be completed with your registration by 11:59 PM on Friday, February 19, 2021. After that time your website will be locked for editing.

Documentaries: Documentary files should be uploaded via dropbox by 11:59 PM on Friday, Febraruy 19, 2021. You need access to a Google account to complete the upload. If you cannot access any Google account, please let your teacher know. Bring your documentary on a flash drive as a backup.  

FAIR USE: The use of copyrighted material for your project falls under the Fair Use doctrine, which identifies educational use for non-commercial purposes as acceptable with certain limitations. You should not place your project in a non-academic public setting, such as a commercial Internet site, without obtaining permission from the copyright owner. Read more here

PLAGIARISM: Presenting the work or ideas of others in ways that give the impression that they are your own (copying information word-for-word without using both quotations and citations, paraphrasing an author’s ideas without proper attribution, or using visuals or music without giving proper credit). Plagiarism in any form will result in disqualification from the contest. Not sure if you cited everything correctly? Check out this helpful guide.  

RULE INFRACTION: A violation of any of the rules stated in this Contest Rule Book. Judges will take any rule infractions into consideration in their final rankings. Failure to comply with the rules will count against your entry but will only result in disqualification as delineated below. Any rule infractions should be corrected before a winning entry competes in the next level of competition.

DISQUALIFICATION: Removal of an entry from competition. A project may be disqualified from the contest on three grounds:

1. Plagiarizing all or part of the NHD project. Please note that failing to give proper credit is plagiarism.

2. Reusing, individually or as a group, a project (or research from a project) from a previous year, or entering a project in multiple contests or entry categories within a contest year.

3. Tampering with any part of the project of another student.

History Day is a nationally acclaimed history education program that encourages middle school and high school students to become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, and artists as they create unique interpretations of the past. History Day makes history come alive through active student learning and provides educators with professional development opportunities. The theme of the 2020-2021 History Day competition is “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” For further information on this year’s theme, please see the National History Day website.

Upper Shore Regional History Day is a regional competition for the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland Counties of Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot. USRHD is sponsored in part by Maryland Humanities.

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What to Expect During the contest

Contest Location:
Washington College

300 Washington Avenue

Chestertown, Maryland 21620



Parking and Food: 
Parking is available in all lots at Washington College

Food maybe be purcahsed from the Dining Hall or one of the local eating establishments located along MD Route 213 North (Washington Ave.) in the Kent Plaza and Washington Square Shopping Center or High Street/Downtown Chestertown.

Local restaurants include: Arby's, Dunkin, Domino's, KFC/Taco Bell, McDonald's, Subway, Germaine's, Uncle Charlie's Bistro, 98 Cannon, Procolino's Pizza, Cafe Sado, Luisa's Cucina Italiana, China House, Play It Again Sam's, Kitchen at the Imperial, BAD Alfred's, Figg's Ordinary (Gluten Free), Smoke Rattle & Roll, Evergrain Bread Company



Contest Schedule

 8:00 AM - Registration Opens

8:30 AM - Judges' Meeting

9:00 AM - Judging Begins

12:30 PM - Judging Ends

2:30 PM - Award Ceremony Begins


Personal Property Disclaimer: Personal belongings brought to the competition are the sole responsibility of the owner. All participants must keep belongings in their possession at all times on the day of the contest. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.




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

All National History Day projects are judged based on the following criteria. For more information, please visit the National History Day website.

Historical Quality: 80%

  • Historical Argument
  • Wide Research
  • Primary Sources
  • Historical Context
  • Multiple Perspectives
  • Historical Accuracy
  • Significance in History
  • Student Voice

Clarity of Presentation: 20%

  • Audio and Visual: 
  • Technical




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