Welcome to the National History Day Massachusetts State Competition

Important Dates & Times

WelcNHD-in-Massachusetts Logoome to the National History Day Massachusetts State Competition!

National History Day in Massachusetts is the state affiliate of National History Day (NHD), an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12 that encourages exploration of local, state, national, and world history.  The Massachusetts Historical Society is proud to be the affiliate sponsor of Mass History Day.

On this site you can register your school and project, get contest-day information, review project checklists, and find payment information. Still have questions? Contact State Coordinators Kate Melchior and Elyssa Tardif at education@masshist.org.


 

UPDATE: Our 2020 MA Finalists have now been posted!  Find names at the link below:

2020 NHD MA Winners List.xlsx

This list shows those who made it to the final round, those who are advancing to Nationals, and those who were awarded special prizes.

 

We also want to acknowledge those who did well in the first round of judging!  Here are the results from that round:

Top Projects Round 1.xlsx

*Note: The top two projects from Round One moved on to the Final Round, while the third project did not. Also, projects may have scored first in Round 1 but not in Round 2--sometimes different sets of judges score differently!

 



Virtual Awards Ceremony: Monday May 4th, 5:30 PM

Our awards ceremony will be virtual this year, and during the event, we will be announcing First and Second Place winners of our Final Round and 2nd (who will advance to the National competition), and Honorable Mentions. We will also announce the First, Second, and Third place winners from Round One. 

The awards ceremony has been pre-recorded, and you can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyjptvFft00

 


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In light of recent safety precautions implemented regarding COVID-19, the Massachusetts History Day 2020 State Contest will be entirely virtual.  This will be a state-wide contest and all students who registered for our Regional competitions are able to compete. 

This contest will involve all MHD students from across the state, so it will be structured a little differently from our usual competitions.  Since we have so many projects competing, we will be modeling this contest after Nationals, which consists of two rounds of judging.  Student projects will be judged in groups of 8-12 projects at a time.  These groups will be assigned at random within each category. 

After the lockout date, judges will review the virtual projects and select the top two projects in their group to be judged in a second round; judges will also select two honorable mentions.  In the second round, judges will review all finalist projects and the top two projects in each category will be promoted to the National contest.  We will notify all students by Monday, 5/4, whether they have advanced to Nationals and/or have received a special prize. We will send everyone their feedback forms, special prizes, and other awards materials as soon as possible after 5/4.

Please read the following instructions carefully for digital submission guidelines, lockout dates, and other instructions.

Important Dates to Remember

National Contest

The National History Day® 2020 National Contest will also be held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow them at https://www.nhd.org//virtual2020 for updates and information as plans for the National contest take form!

 

In light of recent safety precautions implemented regarding COVID-19, the Massachusetts History Day 2020 State Contest will be entirely virtual.  This will be a state-wide contest and all students who registered for our Regional competitions are invited to compete.  Please read the following instructions carefully and contact us with any questions at education@masshist.org.

HOW THE CONTEST WILL WORK:

This contest will involve all MHD students from across the state, so it will be structured a little differently from our usual competitions.  Since we have so many projects competing, we will be modeling this contest after Nationals, which consists of two rounds of judging.  Student projects will be judged in groups of 8-12 projects at a time.  These groups will be assigned at random in each category. 

After the lockout date, judges will review the virtual projects and select the top two projects in their group to be judged in a second round; judges will also select two honorable mentions.  In the second round, judges will review all finalist projects and the top two projects in each category will be promoted to the National contest.  We will notify all students by Monday, 5/4, whether they have advanced to Nationals and/or have received a special prize. We will send everyone their feedback forms, special prizes, and other awards materials as soon as possible after 5/4.

STATE CONTEST REGISTRATION

You DO NOT need to register for the state contest.  We will promote your project from the regional contest registration portal to this state contest portal: https://ma.nhd.org.

Once you have received email confirmation that your project has been promoted, sign in to your profile, answer the waiver and media permissions questions, and confirm that the information in your profile is correct.  All participants must sign in by Friday, April 3rd if you plan to compete in the State competition.  

Once you are logged in, please check all of the following:

  • Is all of your personal/contact information correct?
  • Group Projects: Does your student profile show all of your group members?
  • Do you want to keep your project title the same for the state contest?
  • Do we have your correct mailing address if we need to mail you a special prize or medal?

VIRTUAL CONTEST REGISTRATION

All projects must be submitted virtually by 11:59pm on Monday, April 13th. See below for submission instructions by category:

SPECIAL PRIZES REGISTRATION

This year students will be able to nominate themselves for Special Prizes in the registration portal.  These nominations, along with judges’ feedback, will help us to select our prize winners.  Please review the options for special prizes and select up to four Special Prizes that you feel best fit your project’s topic and theme.  The deadline to nominate your project for special prizes or to make any changes is 11:59 PM on Monday, April 13th.  

REGISTRATION FEES:

There is no additional registration fee for the state-wide virtual contest.  We will be using the registration fees from our Regional competition to cover States and subsidizing the rest of the cost.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Friday, 4/3: Deadline to Confirm Participation - All students need to log in and answer their permission questions for the State contest by this date.

  • Monday, 4/13: Virtual Project Submission and Lockout Deadline for ALL CATEGORIES

  • Monday, April 27: Finalist lists will be shared from first round of judging.  These finalists will be sent to judges for a second round.

  • Monday, 5/4: We will share the winners from the second round of judging.  All students will be notified about whether they have advanced to Nationals and/or received a special prize.

Welcome to the Massachusetts History Day 2020 State Contest!  On behalf of the MA History Day team we thank you for the time and effort you have put into preparing your students thus far.  Without dedicated teachers and advisors, the History Day program would not be successful.

In light of recent safety precautions implemented regarding COVID-19, the Massachusetts History Day 2020 State Contest will be entirely virtual.  This will be a state-wide contest and all students who registered for our Regional competitions are invited to compete.  Please read the following instructions carefully and contact us with any questions.

We understand that with students working from home and with schools closed, students are facing a variety of unusual barriers to participating in History Day, and our aim is to be as flexible and accomodating as possible.  If you or your students are struggling with any aspect of this competition, please email us at education@masshist.org and we will work with you to find an alternative.

HOW THE CONTEST WILL WORK:

This contest will involve all MHD students from across the state, so it will be structured a little differently from our usual competitions. Since we have so many projects competing, we will be modeling this contest after Nationals in two rounds of judging.  Student projects will be judged in "rooms" or groups of 8-12 projects at a time.  These groups will be assigned at random in each category. 

After the lockout date, judges will review their virtual projects and select their top two finalists to be judged in our finalist round, as well as two honorable mentions.  In our second round, judges will review all finalist projects and select two winning projects in each category to promote to the National contest.  Once we finish the competition, we will send everyone their feedback forms, special prizes, and other awards materials.

JUDGING FOR OUR VIRTUAL CONTEST:

In order to run this state contest, we need over 200 judges!  We are asking all of our NHD teachers to volunteer to judge one or more categories in our virtual contest.  We understand that not all teachers will have the time to volunteer, but if you do, we can definitely use your help.  We will make sure that you are not assigned to your own students.  The bulk of this judging will take place between April 17th and April 24th, and we will offer PDPs to all volunteers.  

You can sign up to judge using our Judge Registration Form, which also has more information about this year's judging process. Are your friends and colleagues bored at home?  Please encourage them to judge as well: we need all hands on deck!

STATE CONTEST REGISTRATION

Students and Teachers DO NOT need to sign up again for the state contest.  We will promote all accounts from the regional contest registration portal to this state contest portal: https://ma.nhd.org.

You will receive an email notification once your project has been promoted in the week following your regional contest.  If you do not receive a link by Tuesday, March 24, try logging in with your username and password at www.ma.nhd.org.  If this does not work, please email us at education@masshist.org.

Once you have received email confirmation that you and your students have been promoted, please sign in to your profile, answer the permissions questions, and confirm that the information in your profile is correct.  Please make sure your students do the same.  All participants must sign in and answer their questions by Friday, April 3rd.  This is so that we can keep track of which students plan to participate in the competition. 

If you have any students who do NOT wish to compete any longer, please let us know by April 3rd so that we can plan our judging accordingly.  At our current count we have almost 500 projects competing, so it is essential that we have accurate information in order to run this competition smoothly.

VIRTUAL CONTEST REGISTRATION

All projects must be submitted virtually by midnight on Monday, April 13th.  For Websites and Papers, submission instructions are the same as for Regionals.  For Performances, Documentaries, and Exhibits, please read the new submission instructions carefully.  Find details for all categories below:

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I know if my students have finished their registration correctly?  You can use your teacher profile to view each of your students.  If there is a "thumbs up" symbol next to their name, they have logged in and answered their permissions questions and are considered registered for the State contest.
  • How do I know if my students have uploaded their materials correctly?  You can use your teacher profile to view each of your students. Check the "Entries Paper", "NHDWebCentral Site Key," "Entries Video URL" spots in their profiles to make sure they uploaded the appropriate materials for their project category (see project instructions above for details).  If you see that they have uploaded their materials, you can click on the links to make sure their materials open correctly.
  • My students' exhibits/props materials are locked up in our school, and we can't get to them by the lockout date.  What should we do?  Let us know of your difficulty.  If students have any photos of their materials they can submit those, and exhibits can send us any images or from their exhibit board that they have.  Even if they can't access their project, make sure they submit their paperwork by the deadline and we will judge that.  We will also allow students to submit their photos as late as possible, if they are able to access their projects after the deadline.
  • My students are having trouble uploading their materials: You can upload your students' materials to their profiles for them if you need to.  You can also contact us--we may be able to help you upload the files; if not, we will have students email their files directly to us.

SPECIAL PRIZES REGISTRATION

This year students will be able to nominate themselves for Special Prizes in the registration portal.  These nominations, along with judges’ feedback, will help us to select our prize winners.  Each student can review the options for special prizes and select up to four Special Prizes that they feel best fit their project’s topic and theme.

REGISTRATION FEES:

There is no additional registration fee for the state-wide virtual contest.  We will be using the registration fees from our Regional competition to cover States.  

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Friday, 4/3: Registration deadline.  All students need to log in and answer their permission questions for the State contest by this date.

  • Monday, 4/13: Virtual Project Submission and Lockout Deadline for ALL CATEGORIES

  • Monday, April 27: Finalist lists will be shared from Round One of judging.  These finalists will be sent to judges for our second round of runoffs.

  • Monday, 5/4: We will share the winners from Round Two of judging.  All students will be notified about whether they have advanced to Nationals and/or received a special prize.

Thank you for volunteering to judge at the National History Day in Massachusetts State Competition!  In light of recent safety precautions implemented regarding COVID-19, the Massachusetts History Day 2020 State Contest will be entirely virtual.  This will be a state-wide contest and all students who registered for our Regional competitions are invited to compete.  We have over 840 students competing, so we are looking for 200+ judges to help with our digital competition!  Sign up now at our Judge Registration Form.

This contest will involve all MHD students from across the state, so it will be structured a little differently from our usual competitions. Since we have so many projects competing, we will be modeling this contest after Nationals in two rounds of judging.  Student projects will be judged in groups of 8-12 projects at a time.  The finalists from Round 1 will be judged in a second round to decide who goes to Nationals. 

Round 1: Friday April 17-Thursday April 23.  Judges will review 8-12 projects in their category and make notes on their projects.  The Team Captain will organize a virtual meeting (conference call, Zoom call, etc) where judges will discuss their feedback and select 2 finalists.  Judges will submit virtual feedback forms to return to the students.

Round 2: Friday April 24--Thursday April 30th.  Judges will review the top finalists in their category (between 5-12 projects, depending on number of submissions).  As with Round 1, the Team Captain will organize a virtual meeting (conference call, Zoom call, etc) where judges will discuss their feedback and select 2 winners and 2 honorable mentions.  The winners will be eligible to compete in the virtual National Contest.

You can sign up to judge using our Judge Registration Form, which also has more information about this year's judging process. Are your friends and colleagues bored at home?  Please encourage them to judge as well: we need all hands on deck!

Judging Materials

If you want to read up on judging ahead of time, here are some materials that can help you prepare!  You can also find more in our digital Judges Packets.  More to come soon with specific instructions for our virtual contests!

MHD Competition:

Contest Rule Book

2019 NHD Theme Book

Judge Instructions by Project Category:

Documentary Judge Instructions

Exhibit Judge Instructions

Paper Judge Instructions

Performance Judge Instructions

Website Judge Instructions

 

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