Important Dates & Times

Monday January 20, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Friday March 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Saturday April 18, 2020 at 8:30 AM
Saturday April 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18, 2020 at 8:30 AM
Saturday April 18, 2020 at 1:00 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

Public Display

The open house for the exhibits will take place from 1:30-2:30PM. It will be taking place in Gaige room 200 and the alcoves.

What to Expect During the Contest


Schedule at a Glance:



8:45AM           Registration Opens        Gaige Lobby


9:30AM-12:30PM     First Rounds of Judging

Various Times and Locations by Category (see specific judging schedule)


11:15-1:00PM       Run-off Rounds of Judging

Various Times and Locations by Category (see specific judging schedule)



12-2PM Families can purchase lunch in the Donovan Dining Hall




12:30-1:30PM      Living History Programming-Napoleon Lajoie       Gaige 204


1:30-3:30PM     Living History Programming--Men and Women’s Colonial Clothing       Gaige 206


12:30-3:30        Historical Films from Rhode Island Film Festival          Gaige 201


1:00-3:30PM             Activity Center (coloring & drawing)                  Gaige 202


1:30-2:30PM          Exhibit Area Public Viewing                  Gaige 200


2:30-3:00PM          Exhibit Breakdown by Students      Gaige 200


3:00-4:00PM          Senior Division Awards Ceremony      Gaige 100

4:00-5:00PM          Junior Division Awards Ceremony      Gaige 100



Parking is available near Gaige. Parking lots J and I are open for public use.


Check-in for students, and teachers begin at 8:45 AM in Gaige Hall Lobby. Gaige Hall is an accessible facility.


Families please bring snacks and drinks to have throughout the day as food will not be provided. You are also able to purchase food in the Donovan Dining Hall. 


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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 DO NOT weigh heavily 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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