Michigan History Day

Save the Date: The 2016 MHD-District 1 competition
will be Saturday Feb. 20 at Michigan Tech.

Registration deadline will be midnight 10 Feb. 2016. 
Check back in December for further information.  See you next year!

The theme for 2015 History Day is "Leadership and Legacy in History"

HSM Press release for 2015 MHD

The Social Sciences Department is pleased to host the 2014 Michigan History Day District 1 competition on Saturday Feb. 28.  The competition will take place in the ballrooms of the Memorial Union Building (MUB) on Michigan Tech's campus from 9am-1pm.  

Registration is now open!
Please note: registration deadline is now 18 February

Check-in and the main ballroom are on the second floor of the MUB.  Parking is free on campus on Saturday and we recommend parking in Lot 27 (see parking map here).  For those who have not sent payment already and are paying by check (still $7 per student), please make checks payable to “MHD District 1”.


Detailed Schedule

8:00 am Building open for arrival and setup of exhibits.
9:15 Welcoming remarks in MUB ballroom
9:30 Judging begins (detailed schedules posted week of Jan. 21)

During the judging period, individual students will be presenting their projects to the judges, there will be videos running in the main ballroom and students are welcome to mingle or explore on their own.  Some teachers may have small activities for their students during this time.
12:00 noon Awards ceremony
1:00 pm Everything finished up and exhibits retrieved.

Light refreshments (pastries, fruit) and beverages (juice, cider, tea, coffee, hot chocolate) will be available throughout the morning in the ballroom.

Instructions for Competitors

All students who are participating must register, including all members of group projects.  Registration deadline is 18 February.  All general information on the formats and requirements for the submissions can be found on the State MHD website.  For group projects, please make sure that all students register using the same title for their submission.

Please make sure that you follow the guidelines for your type of submission in the Official Rulebook. Also, note that the teacher resources are housed at the National History Day website.  Specifics and deadlines for each type of submission in District 1 are as follows:


The papers will  be uploaded when each student registers (by February 18). Students are not required to send hard copies, as we will then distribute copies to the judges electronically.  Papers will be pre-judged before the day of the competition, but  interviews will take place on the day of the competition. 

Web sites

Website URLs will be collected with your registration on February 18, however the sites will not be locked until February 20 at 11:59pm.  Web sites will be pre-judged before the day of the competition, but  interviews will take place on the day of the competition. 


Documentaries will be uploaded to Google Drive (again, by February 20). The upload instructions will be mailed to everyone when registration closes: see (and trust) the registration page for more information. Documentaries will be pre-judged before the day of the competition, but  will also be shown on the day of the competition, where interviews with the filmmakers will also take place. 


Once we get a list of the performances students have proposed, we will set up a schedule for the day of the event.  We will contact you within the week of Feb. 21 to let you know the schedule and it will be posted here.


When you a arrive with your exhibit, we will have a room set aside with tables for their display.  Please arrive in time to have them fully set up by 9:15.  The building should be open at 8:00am.


The MHD District 1 coordinators, John Robins and Steven Walton, would like to thank the generous sponsorship of the Dept. of Social Sciences (Michigan Tech), the University Archives and Historical Collections (Michigan Tech), and the Quincy Mine Hoist Association.  In addition, we would like to thank the nearly two dozen volunteers who will be helping judge, staff tables, and make sure the A/V is operating properly.