Michigan History Day

The theme for 2016 History Day is "Exploration, Encounter , Exchange in History"

HSM Press release for 2016 MHD

The Social Sciences Department is pleased to host the 2016 Michigan History Day–District 1 competition on Saturday Feb. 20.  The competition will take place in the ballrooms of the Memorial Union Building (MUB) on Michigan Tech's campus from 9am-1pm.  

Registration now open: Click here to Register

Registration deadline is 14 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.  All exhibits should be set up by 9:00am.
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.

Instructions for Competitors

All students who are participating must register, including all members of group projects.  Registration deadline is 14 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. And remember, there were “Significant Changes to Contest Rule Book.” 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 msut be uploaded by 8pm on Monday February 15 to Google Drive (instructions below). 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 entered in your registration (before Feb. 14), and you websites will be locked at 8pm on Monday 15 February.  Web sites will be pre-judged before the day of the competition, but  interviews will take place on the day of the competition. 


Documentaries must be uploaded by 8pm on Monday February 15 to Google Drive (instructions below). 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 on Feb. 17 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 9:00.  The building should be open at 8:00am.

Uploading information

Students and student groups who write papers or make documentaries must upload their final version to the Google dropbox below by 8pm on Monday 15 Feb. in order to allow them time to be reviewed before the competition.

MHD-D1 Dropbox

File Naming Convention

In order to assist our sorting of uploads, it would be very helpful if you could name your file according to the following convention.  Please prefix the file name with a two letter code that indicates whenever you are in the junior (J) or senior (S) division (grades 6-8 and 9-12, respectively), and whether your submission is individual (I) or group (G), followed by your last name and the short title your topic.  So for example, a paper name might be "JI-Robins_HistoryofYooperScoop.doc" or a documentary might be named "SG-Walton_WWIIfighterpilots.mp4".  Thanks for your help on this.

If you have any technical difficulties on this, please email Jon Robins.


The MHD District 1 coordinators, John Robins and Steven Walton, would like to thank Lindsay Hiltunen at the MTU Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections for sponsoring student groups at the Archives and for helping with preparations for this year's competition.  We would also like to recognize the generous sponsorship of the Dept. of Social Sciences (Michigan Tech), the MTU Library, 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.