Welcome to the Riverside County History Day

Important Dates & Times

Grades 4-12

National History Day (NHD) is a year-long educational program in which students in grades 4-12 become historians.

After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about the significance of their topics in history, and create final projects to present their work. These projects can be used at the school site for rich project-based learning experiences and/or entered into a series of competitions from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.

Within Riverside County, the competition begins at the school level, with winners advancing to a district competition, then to the county level. Riverside County winners advance to the NHD-CA State Competition and state winners then advance to the national competition held in June each year.

2020 National History Day Media Release

2020 Riverside County Student Ellie Sosa Produces Documentary that Reaches National History Day Competition Media Release

2020 Riverside County History Day Student Zachary Brasher Ready for National History Day Documentary Competition Media Release

Important Dates

July, 2020

History Day 2020-2021 Begins
“Communication in History: The Key to Understanding”

September 9, 2020

Riverside County History Day Teacher Orientation
via Zoom | 4:00 p.m.

February 11, 2021

District Registration Deadline
(includes all student registration forms and judge requirement)

February 18, 2021

Historical Papers Submission Deadline
Documentaries Submission Deadline
Websites Submission Deadline – Websites locked as of 11:59 p.m.


February 25, 2021

Posters, Exhibit, and Performance Submission Deadline

Thursday – Wednesday,

March 4-10, 2021

Riverside County National History Day Judging Window

Thursday – Friday,
March 11-12, 2021

Riverside County National History Day Competition Viewing
Riverside County National History Day Virtual  Awards Ceremony

Friday – Sunday,

May 7-9, 2021

NHD-CA State Virtual Competition

Thursday – Monday,

June 10-14, 2021 

National History Day Virtual Competition

Dates and location subject to change.

**Historical papers with annotated bibliography must be submitted, in PDF, to rramsey@rcoe.us

History Day Volunteer Registration

Please register using our History Day Judge Form. (will be available September 2020)


2020-2021 Registration Form (will be available September 2020)

2020-2021 Entry Registration Form (will be available September 2020)

2020-2021 Student Participation Form (will be available September 2020)


2020-2021 Riverside County History Day Rulebook (will be available September 2020)

History Day Project Rubric (will be available September, 2020)

2020-2021 NHD Significant Rule Changes
National History Day has revised the Contest Rule Book. Changes to the rules impact student participation at each level of the competition. There are many changes; this summary explains the most significant changes and clarifications. Teachers and students should read and refer to the Contest Rule Book for exact wording, full explanations, and examples of these changes. Contact your county coordinator rramsey@rcoe.us with any questions. Further details of the Riverside County level competition will be updated in the Riverside County History Day Rulebook in September 2020.

2020-2021 NHD Theme Information including introductory Video, Theme Book, and Graphic Organizer

Resources provided by State National History Day Programs:

NHD-California Resources

NHD-Minnesota Resources

Resources provided by National Archives at Riverside:

Introduction for NHD Teachers

Types and Examples of Archival Repositories

Example of Sources Available on Topic (The “Zoot Suit” Riots)

Example of Sources Available on Topic (Challenging Racial Segregation in Southern California Schools)

Selecting a Research Topic


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