Social Sciences

Michigan History Day

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 a virtual format. 

The 2021 theme is

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. In addition, see the 2021 NHD theme book.

  Due ot the COVID situation and the uncertainty by March, we have opted for a virtual district 1 competition.  The State finals have also decided to make their competition in April virtual, so this will be good preparation for our finalists.

  The competition will take place starting at 9 a.m. and once we develop a plan for the virtual engagement, we will set out a schedule for the day.

Registration is required but there will be no cost as we will be unable to offer refreshments, etc. 

  We very much look forward to returning to in-person competition next year, but for this year, we'll all marshall though and keep History Day alive!

Tentative Schedule

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
11 a.m. Presentations
11:30 a.m. Awards ceremony
Noon Everything finished up


Instructions for Competitors

All students who are participating must register by Friday March 5, 2020, 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, March 5)

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 March 8 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 March 8. 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 March 8 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.


Stay tuned for further information for exhibits in the virtual realm.

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 March 8. 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: "Roberts - 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, .mp4, or .wmv are good choices; we have had trouble with .ogv) 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