Welcome to the Prince George's County History Day Contest

Important Dates & Times

Saturday March 13, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Welcome to Prince George's County Public Schools' History Day Contest!

Congratulations to the WINNERS of the 2021 PGCPS History Day Contest!! (Award Ceremony Presentation)

Congratulations to Ms. Carter (Kenmoor Middle School)
2021 PGCPS History Day Teacher of the Year

nhd-theme-announcement-400_0.jpgThis year's theme is:
Communication in History

Contest Date:
Saturday, March 13, 2021

Helpful Resources:

Maryland Humanities Council

National History Day

PGCPS Social Studies Office



PGCPS History Day Coordinator:
Amber Heller


8:00am - 3:00pm

Virtual Competition

Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Friday, January 29, 2021 - Teacher Registration Deadline 
  • Friday, February 26, 2021 - Student and Judge Registration Deadline (no exceptions)
  • Friday, March 5, 2021 - All student submissions uploaded to profiles in DIGITAL format.
  • Monday, March 8-12, 2021 - Electronic evaluation of projects submitted.
  • Saturday, March 13, 2021 - PGCPS History Day Winners Announced Online.
  • Saturday, May 1, 2021 - Maryland State History Day @ University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • June 2021 - National History Day Contest @ University of Maryland, College Park

Prince George's County History Day Students

Welcome students! Use this page as a resource to provide you with guidance as you work through the National History Day process. Be sure to check back regularly for updates. Contact your teacher if you have project-specific questions.

What is History Day?

Guide: How to Create an NHD Project

Getting Started: Choosing a Topic

Digging In: How to Conduct Research

Putting it Together: Creating an Entry

History Day projects can be developed in any of five formats; Documentaries, Exhibits, Performances, and Websites can be done as with a group or as an individual while Research Papers can only be written as an individual. When deciding which format to use, be sure to consider how best to maximize your talent and also the format that will compliment your topic best.


Do you have a passion for audiovisual production? If you, consider building an Historical Documentary for your HD project.

Guide to creating a Documentary for HD

HD Evaluation Form for Documentary

Documentary Project Checklist


If a blend of artistic, hands-on design is more your speed, consider creating an Exhibit for your HD project. 

Guide to Building an Exhibit

HD Evaluation Form for Exhibits

Exhibit Project Checklist


If the traditional representation of historical research interests you then consider drafting a Research Paper for your HD project.

Guide to Writing a Research Paper

HD Evaluation Form for Papers

Paper Project Checklist                                                                  


Have a flair for dramatic acting? Put your talent to work by composing and starring in your own re-creation of the past!

Guide to Building an HD Performance

HD Evaluation Form for Performances

Performance Project Checklist

Other Resources:

NHD Contest Rule Book

National History Day Project Categories



Tech-savy? Build a website to give visual impact to your research.

Guide to Creating a Website

HD Evaluation Form for Websites

Website Project Checklist


Prince George's County History Day Teachers

Welcome educators! Please use the resources below to assist your instruction and coaching as you guide students through the National History Day process. If you have additional resources to share, please send them to us to post!






Kickoff Event
Theme Exploration
              Topic Selection                                                                                                                        

School-based Kick off Event Presentation

Sample: History Day Promise

Lesson #1: Understanding the Theme & Selecting a Topic

DECODE Communication Graphic Organizer

November Thesis Workshop
Preliminary Research
Analyzing Resources

Lesson #2: Research - Assign self-paced Research Learning Modules available online.

Thinkport Research Learning Modules

December Research
Project Construction
Annotated Bibliography

Lesson #3: Selecting a Project Type & Creating a Project Narrative (coming soon)

January Process Paper
Final Project Revisions

Lesson #4: Finalizing a History Day Project (coming soon)

*1/29/2021 - Teacher Registration Deadline

February School-based History Day Competitions

Winners in school-based competitions receive feedback for revision and register for PGCPS History Day Competition on this site by Friday, February 28, 2020 .


March PGCPS History Day Competition

Winners from PGCPS History Day competition receive feedback for revision and register for Maryland History Day Competition.

April/May Maryland History Day Competition

Winners from Maryland History competition receive feedback for revision and register for National History Day Competition


National History Day Competition


June 14-18, 2020 at the University of Maryland, College Park


Additional Resources:

Maryland Humanities Council Resource Folder 


Sample Status Report Activities

National Archives Resources for National History Day


Prince George's County History Day Judges

Welcome judges and thank you so much for your service! Additional training will be provided on the day of the PGCPS HD Contest, however, please use these resources to familiarize yourself with the process in advance. Do check back for updates!

Prince George's County History looks forward to working with you as a judge for the 2021 PGCPS History Day competition on Saturday, March 13, 2021, VIRTUALLY when students in grades 6-12 from all across Prince George's County will compete with History Day projects focused on the theme of “Communication in History.”

National History Day Judge Training Video
*Procedures are the same for our local contest*

While most judges include humanities scholars, teachers, librarians, and museum professionals, anyone who wants to support students in this exciting learning experience may judge. You can play an important role by volunteering as a History Day judge – reviewing student projects, interviewing contestants, selecting the winners to advance to the national contest, and providing constructive feedback.

Resources for Judges



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