Social Sciences

Michigan History Day

Thanks to all who participated in the Michigan History Day - district 1 competition in 2020.

The Social Sciences Department will be pleased to host the Michigan History Day–District 1 competition for 2021 on Tuesday March 16, 2021 in the Memorial Union Building.


The 2021 theme will be

Communication in History: The Key to Understanding


Information on the theme is available on the National History Day website for both Students and for Teachers. The competition will take place on the second floor of the Memorial Union Bldg. (MUB) on Michigan Tech's campus from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Light refreshments (pastries, fruit) and beverages (juice, cider, tea, coffee, hot chocolate) will be available throughout the morning.


Registration will be $5 per student and can be paid by cash or check. You may send a check to "Michigan History Day, Dept. of Social Sciences, Michigan Tech, Houghton, MI 49931" or you can bring payment on the day of the competition. Please make checks payable to “MHD District 1”.

Check-in will be 2nd floor lobby of the MUB. 

Detailed Schedule

8 a.m. Building open for arrival, check-in and setup of exhibits. All exhibits should be set up by 9 a.m.
9 a.m.

Welcoming remarks

9:30 a.m. Judging begins

During the judging period, individual students will be presenting their projects to the judges, there will be refreshments and 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.
11 a.m. Presentations
11:30 a.m. Awards ceremony
Noon Everything finished up and exhibits retrieved.


Instructions for Competitors

All students who are participating must register by Friday Feb. 14, including all members of group projects. 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.

Register now
(deadline for registration is Friday, February 14)

Please make sure that you follow the guidelines for your type of submission in the Official Rulebook. And remember, in 2017 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 must be uploaded by 8 p.m. on Monday, February 17 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. 


Website URLs from NHDWebCentral will be entered in your registration, and you websites will be locked at 8 p.m. on Monday February 17. 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 8 p.m. on Monday February 17 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 to let you know the schedule and it will be posted here.


When you 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 a.m.  The building should be open at 8 a.m.

Uploading Information

Students and student groups who write papers or make documentaries must upload their final version to the Google dropbox below by 8 p.m. on Monday February 17. in order to allow them time to be reviewed before the competition.

Upload to the MHD-d1 Google dropbox

File Naming Convention

Each file should be clearly labeled with student's last name and the documentary title (for group submissions, include only one last name). Example: "Robins - My History" Be sure the documentary title matches the title submitted with on your registration form. When creating your documentary file, choose a common file format (.mov and .wmv are good choices) and select options that will reduce file size as much as possible without compromising the quality of your documentary. There is no maximum file size, but large files can take a long time to upload and may not always upload successfully.

A free Google account is necessary to upload files. Parents, teachers, and friends are permitted to upload files on behalf of students. For support, please email MHD-1 co-coordinator Laura Rouleau at


The MHD District 1 coordinators, John Robins and Steven Walton, would like to thank:

  • Lindsay Hiltunen, Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections—sponsored student groups at the Archives/helping with preparations for this year's competition.
  • Department of Social Sciences (Michigan Tech)
  • J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library (Michigan Tech)
  • Quincy Mine Hoist Association
  • All our Volunteers—judging, staff tables, and make sure the A/V is operating properly