Welcome to the Virginia History Day Contest

Important Dates & Times

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Congratulations to all students who participated this year! Check out this year's winners, linked below: 


Check out this year's entries on the VHD Virtual Showcase, linked here!


Contact Information:
Sam Florer 
Virginia History Day Coordinator 
Mailing Address:
Virginia Museum of History & Culture 
P.O. Box 7311, Richmond, Virginia 23221-0311
Physical Address:
Virginia Museum of History & Culture 
428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220
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If eligible for the state contest (placed first or second at your district contest), please follow the directions that were emailed to you after your district contest. If you did not receive an email, please ask your teacher first. If they did not receive an email, please contact Sam Florer at sflorer@virginiahistory.org or 804-342-9672.

Important dates and deadlines are as follows: 

  • Registration Deadline - Monday, April 12th by 5 PM 
  • Project Submission Deadline - Wednesday, April 14th by 5 PM
  • Judging Window 
    • First Round Judging - Friday, April 16th through Sunday, April 25th 
    • Final Round Judging - Monday, April 26th through Wednesday, April 28th 
  • Results Released - Tuesday, May 4th 
Check out this year's entries on the VHD Virtual Showcase, linked here!


Where to Upload:

  1. All material must be uploaded via the state contest registration site (va.nhd.org).
  2. To do so, students must login using the same username/password they created for their district contest registration. DO NOT create a new account. 
  3. Student’s will then click on the "My Profile" button, located in the top right corner of the homescreen (person icon w/ your name). 
  4. This will bring you to the “Basic Info” screen. 
  5. All project material will be uploaded on the right hand portion of this screen. For cateogry specific instructions, please see the Project Submission Guidelines. 
  6. Be sure to click "Save" before exiting!! 


We will test all video links and PDFs and will contact you if there is a problem with the files. If you have any questions, please reach out to Virginia History Day Coordinator Sam Florer.

If you have questions, please ask your teacher, District coordinator, or Sam Florer, Virginia History Day coordinator at sflorer@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.
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Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit our website to learn more about the program. 

If you have questions, please ask your District coordinator or contact Sam Florer, Virginia History Day coordinator at sflorer@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.
Even if your students do not participate in Virginia History Day competitions, please register so we can track your school's participation in the program and earn points for your school to win the 2021 Virginia History Day Cup! Points are awarded for percentage of eligible students participating at each school in History Day projects, projects that win 1st or 2nd place at District contests, and projects that win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place at the State competition. The Virginia History Day Cup prize will be awarded at the Virginia History Day Contest on May 4th, 2021.
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The 2021 VHD State Contest will be held virtually. Judging, including viewing student projects and providing written feedback, will be completed through this website system. Judges will have aproximately a week, between Friday, April 16th and Sunday, April 25th, to view and evaluate student projects. 


All material needed to judge this year can be found in the 2021 Virtual Judging Folder (linked here). 


Judge Information

I’ve never judged History Day before.  Is that okay?

Absolutely!  We welcome veteran judges as well as new judges.  Every Contest begins with a training session run by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. Judging teams will consist of a mix of veteran and first-time judges.

What qualifications are needed to be a History Day judge?

No qualifications are required to judge a History Day event. However, judges should possess an interest in history and be comfortable interacting with students.  Judging involves evaluating projects with a critical eye, making decisions, and offering students constructive feedback on their work.

How much time do I have to commit?

At both the District and State level, a judging session typically requires a minimum of 6 hours. This includes an orientation followed by examination of student work, interviews with students, and determination of top entries. Judges who review Historical Paper and Website entries have a slightly different schedule with a similar time commitment. As a judge, we’ll invite you to participate or view a few webinars prior to the competition, but they aren’t required.

What do judges do during History Day?

The basic task of judges is to evaluate the students’ entries and provide both the positive and the constructive feedback that is essential to the learning process. Judges begin the day with an orientation where they review the day’s timeline, learn how to use the National History Day scoring sheets, discuss consensus judging, and meet their fellow judges and judge captains.  There will be time for questions and answers.  Judging teams will consist of two or three members, with a mixture of veteran and novice judges. Judges evaluate the student entries, with time to interview the student(s) about their project.  Judges fill out the score sheets and come to consensus on the winning entries. You are welcome, but not required, to stay for the Awards Ceremony.

What kinds of questions should I ask the students?

Questions asked during the judging process should give students the opportunity to talk about what they learned while creating their project.  The Contest is the students' day to shine! The judge should never talk more than the student or make them feel as though they have not done enough research.  Questions about their research process, sources used, inspirations for the topic, and what they liked about the project are all appropriate questions.

How do I register to be a judge?

Click on the "Create Account" button above and select "Judge." Register as a user and then fill out the short questionnaire. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences. You should receive a confirmation email once you have completed the process.

Have more questions? 

Contact Virginia History Day Coordinator, Sam Florer, at sflorer@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.


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