Welcome to the Massachusetts Historical Society: Massachusetts Affiliate Contest

Important Dates & Times

MHD Logo.jpgWelcome to the Massachusetts History Day State Contest!

Massachusetts History Day 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.


General Information
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The MHD State Competition will take place on Saturday, April 6th at Winchester High School, 80 Skillings Rd, Winchester MA 01890.  Note: the Winners Letter was incorrect--this is the correct address for the contest!

Winners of the State Competition
Download the full list of winners here:

Winner Awards States.pdf

Important Deadlines

The Central West competition was postponed due to weather and students will be receiving their feedback by Monday, March 18th.  As a result, your deadlines have been postponed.  Please see below for details.

North Shore, South Shore, Greater Boston Deadlines:

Wednesday, March 27th 2019 by 11:59pm: Historical Paper submission deadline

Wednesday, March 27th 2019 at 11:59pm: Website lockout: be sure to publish your website!

Friday, March 29th, 2019: Registration payment due*

Central West Deadlines:

Sunday, March 31st 2019 at 11:59 PM: Historical Paper Submission Deadline

Sunday, March 31st at 11:59 PM: Website Lockout

Friday, April 5th 2019: Registration Payment due*

*If schools are paying, school POs will be accepted after this date.  If registration fees are any barrier, please contact us at education@masshist.org to discuss how we can help.

 

Congratulations on your success at your regional History Day, which has earned you the distinction of representing your district at the Massachusetts History Day State Contest.  Please read the following instructions carefully and contact us with any questions at .education@masshist.org

REGISTRATION

Your district coordinators will be promoting your projects to the Massachusetts MHD State Competition (https://ma.nhd.org) from the regional registration portal, so you do not need to register a second time. 

If you are NOT planning to attend States, please email us at education@masshist.org and let us know that you will not be attending!  This will allow us to notify the Honorable Mention project in your category.

Make sure you sign into your profile and check that your information is correct:

  • Is all of your student 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 MHD States?
  • Websites: Make sure your URL is still correct!
  • Papers: Have you uploaded the revised version of your essay, if you’ve made changes?

SPECIAL PRIZES REGISTRATION

This year students will be able to nominate themselves for up to three Special Prizes in the registration portal.  These nominations, along with judges’ feedback, will help us to select our prize winners.  Please take a look at all of the options for special prizes and select up to three that you feel fit your project’s topic and theme.

REGISTRATION FEES:

Each participating student has a registration fee of $14 at States.*  You can choose to pay online or by check. The deadline for registration payments is Friday, March 29th.  We are grateful to our partner, the Mass Cultural Council, for providing the sponsorship that has allowed us to reduce registration fees in 2019.

  • Registration fees are per student, not per project; each student in a group must register
  • Every student submitting a project must complete registration and pay the fee, even if they are not present at the competition.  This means that if a group competes but one member cannot attend the competition, all group members still pay registration.
  • Due to the fact that registration fees go toward paying for competition costs, MHD will not be issuing refunds for contest registrations.

*IMPORTANT: if these costs prevent students or schools from participating, please contact MHD at education@masshist.org to find out about our fee assistance options.

HOW TO PAY:

To pay, sign into your student profile and click on the “Order” tab at the top of the screen.

If your school is paying: Select the option to "pay by check." Once you have selected this option, stop here: you are all set!  This will create an invoice that your school can use to pay your fee.

If the student/family is paying: You can either pay online with a debit or credit card, or send a check to MHD.  If paying by check, selecting this option on the website will create an invoice in your account. Print off this invoice and mail it along with a check made out to "Massachusetts History Day" to the following address:

Massachusetts History Day

c/o Kate Melchior

1154 Boylston Street

Boston MA 02215

 

DAY OF THE COMPETITION

Tables will be provided for exhibits and all exhibit entries will register at the contest and set up between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.

Other categories should plan to arrive forty-five minutes before your specified judging time. Please bring all of the technical equipment you will need for presentations.

 

PROJECT CATEGORY-SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS

Documentaries, Performances, and Exhibits must bring three printed copies of their process paper and bibliography.  You will not be able to print or make copies at the competition site—make sure you bring them with you!

 

  • Documentaries: For extra security, this year all documentaries are required to mail an online link to your project to education@masshist.org by 8 AM on competition day.  To be extra safe, Documentary presentations should be available in several mediums, such as saved on a thumb drive, burned to a DVD, and/or saved in Google Drive.  You may also wish to bring a laptop as a back-up.

 

  • Websites: Make sure you publish your website with your latest updates before the website lockout date. You will find the Publish Now button in the upper right-hand corner.

 

  • Papers: If you make any changes to your paper, make sure you upload the latest version of your essay before the paper lockout date.  You can replace the paper with a newer version by clicking the “upload” option in your student profile.

 

  • Exhibits: Make sure you arrive and set up your exhibit board by 8:00 AM on competition day.

More information about the day of the competition will be emailed to you as the competition date draws closer.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0588.

Best of luck at the state contest!

Elyssa Tardif and Kate Melchior

State Coordinators for National History Day Massachusetts

Congratulations on the success of your student(s) at your regional History Day competition and welcome to the Massachusetts History Day State Contest. On behalf of the state History Day board we thank you for the time and effort you have put into preparing your student(s) thus far. Without dedicated teachers and advisors, the History Day program would not be successful.

REGISTRATION

Your district coordinators will be promoting your students’ projects to the Massachusetts MHD State Competition (https://ma.nhd.org) from the regional registration portal and your teacher profiles along with them, so you do not need to register a second time. 

If you have students who do not plan to attend States, please make sure that they email us at education@masshist.org and let us know!  This will allow us to notify the Honorable Mention project in their category.

Make sure your students sign into their profile and check that their information is correct.  If students make changes to their uploaded paper files, their titles, or other information, they must make those edits in the registration portal.

VIEWING STUDENT INFORMATION

  • As with Regionals, when logged in teachers can click on the “My Students” tab on the top of the page. This will take them to a list of the students who are linked to them in the system.
  • By clicking on the student, you can choose to view and edit information, or to link/unlink the student to an entry.
  • Students with a $ next to their name have completed payment for registration fees.  Note that this does not apply when the school is paying for them!

SPECIAL PRIZES REGISTRATION

This year students will be able to nominate themselves for up to three Special Prizes in the registration portal.  These nominations, along with judges’ feedback, will help us to select our prize winners.  Please follow up with your students and make sure they nominate themselves for special prizes.

REGISTRATION FEES:

Each participating student has a registration fee of $14 at States.*  Students can choose to pay online or by check. The deadline for registration payments is Friday, March 29th.  We are grateful to our partner, the Mass Cultural Council, for providing the funds that have allowed us to reduce registration fees in 2019.

  • Registration fees are per student, not per project; each student in a group must register
  • Every student submitting a project must complete registration and pay the fee, even if they are not present at the competition.  This means that if a group competes but one member cannot attend the competition, all group members still pay registration.
  • Due to the fact that registration fees go toward paying for competition costs, MHD will not be issuing refunds for contest registrations.

*IMPORTANT: if these costs prevent students or schools from participating, please contact MHD at education@masshist.org to find out about our fee assistance options.

HOW TO PAY:                                

If the school is paying: Schools that are paying can send a PO or a check to Mass History Day for the total student fees.  Checks should be "Massachusetts History Day" and sent to the following address:

Massachusetts History Day

c/o Kate Melchior

1154 Boylston Street

Boston MA 02215

JUDGING

Want to see what it’s like on the other side of the table?  Want to earn PDPs and spend a day talking to students about history?  We will be putting out a call for States judges soon and would love to have you join us!  Keep an eye out for this email soon, and let us know if you have any questions about judging.

DAY OF THE COMPETITION

Tables will be provided for exhibits and all exhibit entries will register at the contest and set up between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.

Other categories should plan to arrive forty-five minutes before their specified judging time.

PROJECT CATEGORY-SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS

Documentaries, Performances, and Exhibits must bring three printed copies of their process paper and bibliography.  You will not be able to print or make copies at the competition site—make sure you bring them with you!

  • Documentaries: For extra security, this year all documentaries are required to mail an online link to your project to education@masshist.org by 8 AM on competition day.  To be extra safe, Documentary presentations should be available in several mediums, such as saved on a thumb drive, burned to a DVD, and/or saved in Google Drive.  Students may also wish to bring a laptop as a back-up.

 

  • Websites: Make sure students publish their website with any latest updates and changes before the website lockout date. They will find the Publish Now button in the upper right-hand corner.

 

  • Papers: If students make any changes to their paper, make sure they upload the latest version of their essay before the paper lockout date.  Students can replace the paper with a newer version by clicking the “upload” option in their student profile.

 

  • Exhibits: Exhibits must arrive and set up their exhibit board by 8:00 AM on competition day.

 

More information about the day of the competition will be emailed to you as the competition date draws closer.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0588.

Best of luck at the state contest!

Elyssa Tardif and Kate Melchior

State Coordinators for National History Day Massachusetts

Welcome MHD Judges!  Thank you again for your interest in judging at the Mass History Day State Competition on Saturday, April 6th 2019 at Winchester High School, 80 Skillings Rd, Winchester MA 01890

If you haven't registered yet, you can sign up and indicate your judging preferences at our MHD States Judging Registration Page.

Below you will find information on what to expect before and during the competition, as well as information on other regional and state competitions. You will also receive more information from your coordinator as the contest approaches.  If you still further questions, email MHD State Coordinators at education@masshist.org for more information.

Thank you for supporting our students, and we look forward to seeing you at our competition!

Judging Assignments

  • Once we receive everyone's judging registrations and preferences, you will receive an email with your judging assignment.  We try to ensure that everyone is assigned to one of their top three choices for project categories.

  • IMPORTANT: If you cannot keep your judging commitment, please let coordinators know as soon as possible so that we can make alternative plans. 

  • Where some of our project categories only received one or two entries, we sometimes assign judges to multiple categories and you may be asked to evaluate two documentaries, two performances, etc.  

Prior to Competition

  • Those who are assigned to judge websites and papers will receive their assignments in advance.  You will be able to read through and make notes on your assigned projects, and on the day of the competition you will be performing interviews only. 

  • IMPORTANT: As the competition in Central West was postponed, their students will have extra time to complete those projects.  As a result, judges for papers and websites will receive most of their materials to review a week in advance, and the three projects for Central West the Tuesday before the competition.  

  • Judges working with exhibitsperformances, or documentaries will be viewing your projects and performing interviews on the day of the competition.  You will not have any advance work to do.

Day of the Competition

  • On April 6th, all judges should arrive by 8:00 AM.  Orientation will last until 8:45, and judging will commence at 9:00.  Breakfast and coffee will be provided. 

  • Depending on your category, judging will last until noon at the latest (in an ideal world without delays!).  Your judging schedule also includes scheduled breaks for judges.

  • After your interviews are over, you will return to the judging room to deliberate with your co-judges, decide on your scores, and write your comments.  Be prepared for this to take some time!  You want to make sure to give students constructive comments, particularly if they are advancing to the next round.  You will receive more guidance on this during your orientation.  Lunch will be served for judges and volunteers at this time as well.

  • After you submit your scores, you are welcome to stay for the awards ceremony, but it is not required!  You will also have time if you choose to view other projects.

Judging Materials

If you want to read up on judging ahead of time, here are some materials that can help you prepare!

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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