Important Dates & Times

Friday January 01, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Friday March 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Monday March 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Saturday April 10, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Sunday April 11, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Monday March 29, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Learn more about the contest rules by reading NHD's contest rule book. 

About Page

The Rhode Island Historical Society was proud to host the 37th annual National History Day in Rhode Island, virtually, on April 10th-April 19th, 2020. The event served as a wonderful celebration of all the time and effort our Rhode Island students dedicate to their projects. To view the all projects and learn about the student winners, please visit our contest home page. 

If you would like to learn more about National History Day please visit

Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

Instructions for Judges on Contest Day

The goal of History Day is to provide young learners with a positive experience, regardless of whether they win. 

We want all students to have a positive discussion of their scholarship with the judges and get meaningful written feedback.


  • Introduce yourself with a smile

  • Briefly explain the judging process

  • Request a copy of their paperwork (process paper and bibliography); Website judges have already viewed this and can start the interview

  • Skim the written materials, review the project, focus on the bibliography. Keep one copy for your judging team


  • EXHIBIT judges should read the text of the display--remember, students should not give you an oral presentation of their work

  • PERFORMANCE and DOCUMENTARY judges should give the signal to begin; make sure students introduce themselves and the title of their presentation; make preliminary notes

  • WEBSITE and PAPER judges have already seen the project. The student may refer to it during the interview, but should not present it


  • The interview is a chance for students to share their understanding of their topic and process; answers SHOULD NOT impact in your overall evaluation

  • Ask the students questions about their project, research, or topic

  • DO NOT offer suggestions for improvement during the interview. Take notes! You will be able to include comments in your written feedback, which will be given to students after the contest

  • Thank the students and keep one copy of their paperwork


  • Return to the judging room to make your decisions on top ranking projects

  • Judge teams must agree on the entries they select to move forward

  • History Day staff will let you know how many projects you are selecting


  • Each judge will write their own comments

  • Written feedback is the most valuable for student learning; Chack marks in column ratings do not need to be identical, but should be similar


  • Does the student's work demonstrate historical research and scholarship?

  • Does the student make a strong argument, connected to the annual theme? Remember: student views may differ from your own

  • Does the student use the project to support and prove their argument?

  • Is the student communicating their ideas in an organized and effectice way?


Please remember, each entry is to be ranked in relation to the other entires you see in your judging pool today--you should not compare these projects against projects you may have seen at other History Day competitions.



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