The State Finals of Michigan History Day will be on Saturday, April 22, 2023, on the Central Michigan University campus.
Registration for the State Finals will open on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.
Project Materials are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2023. We understand that this will be during Spring Break for some students, but we want to give judges ample time to review materials so they can provide helpful feedback. Being on Spring Break does not excuse students from submitting materials on time.
The Awards Ceremony will be at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. More details will be available soon.
I learned how significant history truly is. It is not just words in a textbook to me anymore.
- MHD Student
Who may participate at the State Final event?
The top three entries in each category per age division at each district or regional event are selected as State Finalists and invited to participate in the State Finals.
Deadlines and Fees
- Online registration must be completed on or before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2023. All project materials are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Your school being on Spring Break during the registration or project submission deadline does not excuse you from completing the tasks on time.
- You will not be able to register until your district coordinator sends the results of your district contest to Michigan History Day. Students and teachers will receive an e-mail when they can register for the contest. Students cannot register for the State Finals until their teachers/sponsors/coaches register in the system.
- All members of a group entry must complete their own registration forms and pay the registration fee. ALL GROUP MEMBERS MUST REGISTER!
- The registration fee for the state event is $35 per student. You may pay using a credit card through the online registration system or you may send a check or money order payable to the Historical Society of Michigan. Please make sure the student’s first and last name are on the check.
- Teachers can create an invoice for schools or districts paying for student registration. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Historical Society of Michigan at (517) 324-1828 if you have trouble creating an invoice. A video of how to create invoices is available here.
- No refunds will be granted after Friday, April 7, 2023.
Special awards are a great way to recognize projects that focus on a specific topic or research tool. Winners of special awards receive a monetary prize courtesy of the generous award sponsors.
Students can nominate their projects for up to three special awards. Judges will only consider projects that are nominated during the registration process through the online registration system. Nominations must be completed by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Students must include a brief explanation (250 words or less) of why their project should be selected for a special award.
- Best Use of Economic History or Impact • The Huntington Foundation
- The Best Entry in Michigan History • Sponsored by Meijer
- Best Entry in Naval or Maritime History • Sponsored by the Continental Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States
- The Sam Breck Award for Best Entry in Railroad History • Sponsored by the Michigan Railroad History Conference
- The Best Entry in Use of Newspapers • Sponsored by the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
- James Campbell Award for Best Use of Oral History • Michigan Oral History Association
- The Best Entry in Use of Primary Sources • Michigan Archival Association
- The Best Entry in Use of Family History • Sponsored by the Michigan Genealogical Council
- The Adler Award for Best Entry in Women's History • Sponsored by Sally Adler
- The Best Entry in African-American History • Sponsored by Merze Tate Travel Writers
How do I submit my materials for the contest?
Review the Rules
Please review the rules for the competition and your category in the National History Day Contest Rule Book.
Please see the Contest Guide for details about submitting your project. Students will upload a single PDF with their title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography and a link to their documentary to the registration system. The Contest Guide for the State Finals is available at mi.nhd.org.
Please see the Contest Guide for details about submitting your project. Students will upload a single PDF with their title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography to the registration system. Exhibit students can make changes to their project in the weeks leading up to the contest but should be prepared to explain those changes to the judges. The Contest Guide for the State Finals is available at mi.nhd.org.
The Uploading Process
Students will NOT send in hard-copies of their papers. Please see the Contest Guide for details about submitting your project. Students will upload a single PDF with their title page, process paper, paper, and annotated bibliography to the registration system. The Contest Guide for the State Finals is available at mi.nhd.org.
The Uploading Process
Please see the Contest Guide for details about submitting your project. Students will submit their written documents (title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography) before the State Finals contest whether it is in-person or virtual. If the State Finals are a virtual contest, you will be able to submit a video of your performance. Please read the Performance Video Submission Guidelines for suggestions and instructions. Contact your district coordinator for instructions about your district contest. You can find contact information for coordinators on the Contests page. The Contest Guide for the State Finals is available at mi.nhd.org.
Please see the Contest Guide for details about submitting your project. Students will share the link to their website in the registration system. The process paper and annotated bibliography will be embedded in their website. The Contest Guide for the State Finals is available at mi.nhd.org.
Is attendance required to compete?
Attendance is required for an in person contest. All students are required to complete registration, provide payment, and submit project materials by the deadline to participate in the contest. Only one member of a group project must attend the contest to represent the project, but ALL students of a group must register for the contest.
Are you allowed to improve your project?
Absolutely! Students are allowed and encouraged to improve their projects between MHD competitions. Successful students use the feedback from judges at district events to make changes to their project before the State Finals.
How and when will students receive their judge evaluation forms?
After the event, judge evaluation forms will be available for students and teachers through the Zfairs registration system. Judges’ comments provide constructive feedback on how students can improve their work in the future and help them understand why their project received its rating. Feel free to contact staff with questions, however, please understand that all judges’ decisions are final.
Details will be available in the weeks before the ceremony. The ceremony will be on Saturday, April 22, 2023.
National Finalist Meeting
National Finalists and Alternates will be contacted about a meeting via Zoom the week following the Awards Ceremony.
College, University, & Organization Information Tables
We thank the following Colleges, Universities, and Organizations for their support of Michigan History Day. As part of the 2023 State Finals, the schools below will have a table in the Bovee Center at CMU. Make sure to take some time to stop by and see what their school has to offer. Click on the school to visit their website. Click on the video link to learn more about the college or university.
Central Michigan University (Video)
Delta College (Video)
Eastern Michigan University (Video)
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University (Video)
Oakland University (Video)
Olivet College (Video)
Saginaw Valley State University (Video)
University of Detroit Mercy (Video)
University of Michigan (Virtual Resources) (Information Sessions) (Contact Information)
University of Michigan-Flint
Wayne State University (Video)
Western Michigan University (Video)