- Registration Information
Registration for all projects will be outside of the Archie Griffin Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Ohio Union.
There will be a line for each category (Exhibit, Documentary, Performance, Paper, and Website). Please give your name to the History Day staff and they will check you in.
- If you are in a group, only one member needs to check in
- Please do not bring exhibit boards or performance props to the registration area
Teachers there will be a registration area for you to pick up your teacher packets. If you do not pick it up it will be mailed back with your evaluation forms.
YOUTH- there will be a separate line for youth registration. Please look for the sign.
2013 Ohio History Day is scheduled for April 27 at the Ohio Union at Ohio State University.
Download the 2013 Contest Schedule (grade 6-12)
Download the 2013 Youth schedule (grades 4-5)
7:30am-11:30: Set Up and Registration
Exhibits should set up and register before 9:00 as the exhibit hall will be closed for judging at that time.
9:00am-12:00pm: Judging of all Entries
12:00pm-1:00pm: Public Viewing of Exhibits
12:30: Youth Contest Awards Ceremony
12:40pm: Run Off Announcements
- ONLY PERFORMANCE AND DOCUMENTARY RUN OFFS WILL BE ANNOUNCED.
- Junior Group Performances and Documentary students need to be present for run-offs.
3:00-3:30pm: Public Viewing of Exhibits/Exhibit Take Down
4:00pm: Awards Ceremony
There will be a brief meeting following the Awards Ceremony for students moving on to National History Day
- You find directions to the OSU Ohio Union here.
Two parking garages are located next door to the Ohio Union. You may enter off High St. or College Rd. The cost is $6 for the day.
Bus parking: Buses should drop students off then head to the Ohio Historical Society to park until the contest is over. (800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, OH 43211) There will be no charge for the buses.
- Hotel Information
We have reserved blocks of rooms at the following hotels. When you make reservations, please let them know you are with the History Day group.
Hilton Garden Inn- Columbus University Area
3232 Olentangy Rive Rd., Columbus OH 43202
Room Availability: 30 rooms (15 king beds, 15 queen bed rooms)
Rate: $119 plus tax
Reservations need to be made by April 9, 2013
Hampton Inn and Suites- Easton
4150 Stelzer Rd, Columbus OH 43230
Room Availability: 25 Queen bed room
Rate: $132 plus tax
Reservations need to be made by March 29, 2013
You can make reservations with the group rate at this website.
Courtyard Columbus Worthington
7411 Vantage Dr. Columbus OH 43235
Room Availability: 15 King rooms with sofa sleeper
Rate: $139 plus tax
Reservations need to be made by April 12, 2013
- Meals and Free Time
The Ohio Union offers many choices for food on the first floor. The Union Market contains a coffee bar and you can enjoy lunch at two full service restaurants: Woody’s and Sloopy’s Diner. Sloopy’s Diner also serves breakfast. In addition to the Ohio Union, many food choices are available along High St.
Feel free to explore Columbus after your judging time.
Note: The documentary and performance categories may include run-off judging. Students in these categories need to be prepared to present their projects starting at 1:00pm.
Tours are available on Saturdays on the hour from noon- 3pm. Tours are 45 minutes long. Self-guided tours may be done from 11am-5pm. The Ohio History Center offers visitors a rewarding museum experience of Ohio’s past and an Archives/Library that provides rich resources for genealogists and other researchers.
The museum is open on Saturday from 10am-5pm. COSI is a hands-on science center located in Central Ohio. Go ride the high wire unicycle!
Museum is open 10am- 5:30pm on Saturdays
- Special Prizes
2013 Special Awards
Case Western Reserve University Half Scholarship
Juniors and Seniors can apply for the scholarship by writing a one-page essay stating your interest in and qualification for the award, one letter of support from a teacher or supervisor who is familiar with your academic work, and an official copy of your transcripts sent by your school to the address below. Students must participate in History Day and meet the Case Western Reserve University admission requirements.
Download Application information here.
The Society of Ohio Archivists Award
Project must demonstrate exceptional research and use of primary sources to include at least two of the following: letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles from the time, oral history interviews, documents, photographs, artifacts, or anything else that provides a first hand account about a person or event.
History Day Project winners must have used primary resources on site at a research institution housing those materials.
All primary sources must be cited accurately in the bibliography of the paper.
This award was initiated in 1999. Award recipients are given a certificate and a $100.00 cash award for a winner--individual or group--in both the Junior and Senior Divisions.
Local History Award
Sponsored by the Ohio Local History Alliance for an outstanding entry based on a local history topic in the junior and senior division for $100.
Fan the Flame Award
A $200 award will be given by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to an outstanding project focusing on an individual, a group or a movement that have contributed significantly to the advancement of freedoms and the assurance of the civil and human rights of others.
Chronicling America and Ohio Memory Digital Resources Award
The Ohio Historical Society would like to recognize an Ohio History Day project for exceptional research and use of primary sources available through Chronicling America and Ohio Memory in the development of their History Day project. Award recipients are given a certificate and a $100 cash award for the winner- individual or group- in both the Junior and Senior Divisions.
The African American History Award
A $100 prize award to an outstanding project related to African American history sponsored by The Ohio State's Department of History.
The Ohio Council for Social Studies Award
A $100 prize award to an outstanding project related to Ohio history.
The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board
Two $250 prize awards to recognize the best use of Ohio's historical records in a History Day project.
American Women's Struggle for Equality
A $100 prize will be awarded to an outstanding entry related to the struggles for women's equality. This award is sponsored by the Ohio National Organization for Women.
Ohio Academy of History Award
An $100 award will be given to an outstanding documentary, website, or paper on a topic in ancient or medieval history from any area of the worls outside of the Americas.
The American Founding Award
A $250 prize will be awarded from the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs to an excellent entry related to the study of the Declaration of Independence and/or the Constitution.
The Friends of the Maltz Museum of Jewish History Award
A $250 prize will be awarded to a Senior division project for outstanding scholarship and presentation of a Jewish historical subject. The winner will also receive a family membership to the museum.
The George Washington Prize for Leadership in History
A $150 prize sponsored by the George Washington Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, and Gardens to an outstanding junior and senior project will be awarded to a junior and senior project on leadership (individual or collective) that demonstrates a clear understanding of and correlation to the vision, leadership, civic character, and contributions of George Washington in his roles as commander in chief of the Continental Army, presiding officer of the Constitutional Convention, entrepreneur, and first president.
Two teachers, one at the junior level and one at the senior level, will be awarded the Teacher of Merit award. They will each receive a $500 award and be entered in the national contest for a $10,000 prize.
- Judging Information
Judging Evaluations All judging evaluations will be collected, sorted by school, and returned to participating teachers during the following school week.
Notes About History Day Judging: Evaluating history is a subjective process, but criteria and methods have been established to achieve fair decisions. Here is a description of how the judging process will work at the State History Day:
Use of Evaluation Forms: Each judge will have an evaluation form for the entries they are judging. They are instructed to use these sheets to write positive, critical evaluations of each entry. Written comments are stressed in judging orientation because this is the principal feedback students receive from the event.
Oral interaction: Each judge, at their discretion, has the opportunity to question students about any aspect of their entry. This is most often a way to find out about the processes the entry went through to reach its current state, or to offer the student an opportunity to explain issues of their interpretation. The interview portion of judging does not weigh heavily in final decision making. All History Day entries are expected to stand on their own and be understood without the need for a student to explain or clarify their issues. During final judging, there will be no question-and-answer session.
Ratings: All History Day judging decisions are made by the consensus of the judging teams. Judges are asked to place students in the following scale: Superior - Excellent - Good. In effect, History Day judging is a jury process where the judges have to reach a shared conclusion, rather than an arbitrary point system.
Please Note: Ratings vary from one judging group to another. Each set of judges establishes their own standards for ratings. Ratings cannot be compared across different judging teams.
Final Judging: Categories with a single team of judges will have award decisions made by those teams. Categories with multiple teams of judges will have run-offs that will consider the top three entries from the initial judging groups. A new set of judges, or combination from the original teams, will evaluate the final entries and determine state award winners.
Judging Run-Offs Be advised that there WILL BE judging run-offs in documentary and performance categories. Run-off judging times will be posted by noon. Please be prepared to be available for judging in the final round beginning at 1:00.
Exhibit, Historical Paper, and Web Site finalists will be announced as honorable mentions during the awards ceremony. Information about the second round judging for Exhibits, Web Sites, and Historical Papers will not be available before the awards ceremony at 4:00 PM.
Final Exhibit Judging: Only judges and program officials will be allowed into the exhibit areas during final exhibit judging. Teams of final judges will evaluate the exhibits selected as finalists by the first round judging teams. The exhibit room will open to the public at approximately 1:30.
Students presence is not required or admitted for final exhibit, web site, and paper judging. They should be sure that 2 copies of their research description and bibliography are left with the exhibit after the completion of the first round of judging.
- Ohio History Day Results
2012 Ohio History Day Results
2011 Ohio History Day Results