Michigan History Day

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Read What the
Michigan History Day
Program Means to Me

A Student’s Perspective

A Judge’s Perspective

A Parent’s Perspective

A Teacher’s Perspective

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Michigan History Day, an educational program of the Historical Society of Michigan, is an affiliate of National History Day, a yearlong educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history.

After selecting a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, and create final projects in one of five categories: paper, exhibit, documentary, website, or performance.

These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level. Local competitions start at the school-level in February. Regional competitions take place within eleven districts in March. The state finals for Michigan History Day take place the last Saturday of April in a location that changes throughout the state each year.

Please notify the Historical Society of Michigan through michiganhistoryday@hsmichigan.org if you or your student plans to participate in Michigan History Day. Our staff can help!

IMPORTANT Rule Changes!!!

Download the “Summary of Significant Changes to Contest Rule Book” here.

IMPORTANT Annual Theme Information!!!

The 2014/15 annual theme is Leadership and Legacy in History

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IMPORTANT Policy Change!!!

For the 2014/15 school year, the Historical Society of Michigan will be uniformly implementing an existing rule regarding the number of students who can be sent from individual schools to the eleven district competitions. Each school will be limited to sending the top three entries in each of the nine categories. (In schools where grade levels include two or more age divisions, then the top three entries for each grade division will be accepted).

We encourage schools with high participation to facilitate school-level competitions based on the National History Day model. State and district coordinators are available to help teachers and administrators organize these events, which should take place 1-3 weeks in advance of the district registration deadlines. Teachers may implement their own system for selecting the top three entries in each category should a school-level event not be possible.

The policy is being more strictly enforced so that Michigan History Day can continue to expand into new schools and so that participating students have the benefit of additional review before attending the district and state competitions.

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Historical Society of Michigan 5815 Executive Drive Lansing, MI 48911
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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