Ohio History Day

 The 2014 Ohio History Day contest was held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Ohio Union in Columbus. 

The 2015 Ohio History Day contest is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

Registration Information

Students that advance to the state contest will receive an information packet during a short meeting following their district contest awards ceremony. 

If students are not able to stay for the awards ceremony at districts, please have a teacher,  parent, or fellow student pick up a packet for you or contact the state office at historyday@ohiohistory.org

Online Registration!

To register for the Ohio contest, go to:


Teachers will need to go in and add their student information BEFORE the students can complete their registration. 

Instructions for Online Registration 

We have recorded 2 webinars to help you through the online registration process.


2015 State Competition is April 25, 2015 

Specific schedules will be posted 1 week before the contest.

General Schedule

7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Set Up and Registration

  • Exhibits should set up and register before 9:00 a.m. The exhibit hall will close for judging at that time.

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Judging of all Entries

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Public Viewing of Exhibits

12:30 p.m. Youth Contest Awards Ceremony

12:40 p.m. Run Off Announcements

  • Junior Group Performances and Documentary students need to be present for run-offs.

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Run-Offs

3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Public Viewing of Exhibits/Exhibit Take Down

4:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

  • There will be a brief meeting following the Awards Ceremony for students moving on to National History Day
Location Information


Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. More information about campus buildings and directions will be coming soon.


Parking will be free! More information about parking coming soon. 

Bus parking: Coming soon!

Hotel Information

Please check back in January 2015 for the list of hotels.

Special Prizes

Special Prizes for the 2015 contest will be included in the State Qualifier packet students receive after winning districts. 

The list below are the prizes offered at the 2014 contest. The list will be updated in February 2015 for the 2015 Ohio History Day contest.

2014 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.

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

Two $100 awards 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 History Connection 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.

Women's History Award

A $100 prize will be awarded to an outstanding entry related to women's history.

Ohio Academy of History Award

An $100 award will be given to an outstanding documentary, website, or paper on a topic anywhere in the world outside of North America.

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.

LGBT History Award

A $$100 prize sponsored by the Gay Ohio History Initiative.  This prize will be awarded to an outstanding project in the junior or senior division, in any category, focused on the history of the LGBT community on a national or state/local level.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Award

This award recognizes an outstanding project directly related to the history and/or influence of rock and roll (and related musical styles). This project must demonstrate exceptional rock history research, including primary sources. 

Patricia Behring Teacher of Merit

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 and 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. Click here to view these forms and instructions.

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.