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Tuesday through Saturday10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Indiana Experience Admission Free IHS MembersFree Children under 5$9 Adult$8 Seniors 60 and older$5 Youth ages 5 through 17 Free parking with admission in lot off New York.

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Contests

Students may choose to participate in a regional contest, where they can qualify for the State contest. If they choose to compete at the State contest, they may qualify for the national contest in College Park, Maryland. There are three divisions: Youth Division (grades 4-5), Junior Division (grades 6-8) and Senior Division (grades 9-12). Junior and Senior divisions are eligible for nationals. While contests can develop additional skills and provide helpful feedback on projects, teachers are free to participate in as much or as little of the formal contests as they desire.

Educators who judge at NHDI contests can earn PGP points. Sign up to judge here.

For a list of regional winners from 2017-2018, contact Bethany Hrachovec at nhdi@indianahistory.org.

Preparing for your contest

Contests can be a fun way to display the hard work you put into your project. If you have never been to a contest before, contests can seem daunting. On contest day, be sure to arrive early, so you have plenty of time to register and set up your project. Also, make sure to bring four copies of your process paper and bibliography for judging. It is always a good idea to bring snacks, water and activities for after your judging time.

You will also have an interview with the judges on contest day. While judges may ask any questions they have, here are some common questions to thing about before the contest.

  1. Why did you choose this topic?
  2. Could you explain how your project relates to this year’s theme?
  3. What was your most valuable source and why?
  4. How do you think your topic impacted history?
  5. What was the most interesting thing you learned?
  6. (For groups) How did you divide up the work? How did you decide on who did what?
  7. What was the most challenging thing about your project?
  8. Why did you choose to create a (paper, documentary, exhibit, website, performance)?
  9. As you did your research, what surprised you most about the topic?
  10. How did your primary sources help you understand the topic?
  11. How did your thesis evolve? Did it change from when you started researching to when you were assembling your project?
  12. What is the most important point you are trying to convey about your topic? Why?
  13. Why did you pick this topic?
  14. What were the most important factors which caused             (the event in question) to occur?
  15. What did you learn about this topic that you didn’t know before?
  16. Did you find conflicting information in your sources? If so, how did you deal with this?
  17. Is there anything you weren’t asked that you would like to talk about? (Tip: Always say something to this question!)
Northeast Region Contest

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne Coliseum Campus, Fort Wayne – Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019

Registration due by Monday, Feb. 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Papers due to NHDI office by Friday, Feb. 8 at 11:59 p.m.

Websites lock Friday, Feb. 8 at 11:59 p.m.

Registration opens Jan. 2019

Sample Northeast Region Contest Schedule

Northwest Region Contest

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame – Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

Registration due by Monday, Feb. 11 at 11:59 p.m.

Papers due to NHDI office by Friday, Feb. 15 at 11:59 p.m.

Websites lock Friday, Feb. 15 at 11:59 p.m.

Registration opens Jan. 2019

Sample Northwest Region Contest Schedule

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Central Region Contest

Carmel High School Freshman Center, Carmel – Saturday, March 2, 2019

Registration due by Monday, Feb. 18 at 11:59 p.m.

Papers due to NHDI office by Friday, Feb. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Websites lock Friday, Feb. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Registration opens Jan. 2019

Sample Central Region Contest Schedule

 

South Region Contest

Franklin College, Franklin – Saturday, March 9, 2019

Registration due by Monday, Feb. 25 at 11:59 p.m.

Papers due to NHDI office by Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

Websites lock Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

Registration opens Jan. 2019

Sample South Region Contest Schedule

 

IPS District Contest

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis – Wednesday, March 13, 2019

All participating IPS schools must contact Bethany Hrachovec at bhrachovec@indianahistory.org or at (317)233-9559 to register.

Southeast Region Contest

Hanover College, Hanover – Saturday, March 16, 2019

Registration due by Monday, March 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Papers due to NHDI office by Friday, March 8 at 11:59 p.m.

Websites lock Friday, March 8 at 11:59 p.m.

Registration opens Jan. 2019

Southwest Region Contest

University of Southern Indiana, Evansville – Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Registration due by Monday, Feb. 25 at 11:59 p.m.

Papers due to NHDI office by Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

Websites lock Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

Registration opens Jan. 2019

National History Day in Indiana State Contest

University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis – Saturday, April 13, 2019

Registration due by Monday, April 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Papers due to NHDI office by Friday, April 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Websites lock Friday, April 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Educators whose learners receive medals at regional or district contests will receive further registration information after each regional or district contest.

National History Day National Contest

June 9-13, 2019 at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Registration closes May 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

2018 National Contest Winners

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