Welcome to the Virginia History Day Contest

Important Dates & Times

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Congratulations on advancing to the Virginia History Day Contest on Saturday, April 27, 2019.


ENTRY FREE: The entry fee is $25 per student. All students in a group must pay the fee even if all do not compete at the contest. Teachers can create invoices. Students and teachers may pay with a credit card. Checks can be made to the Virginia Historical Society and mailed to: Christina Vida, Virginia History Day, PO Box 7311, Richmond, VA 23221.
8-10am Student Registration and Exhibit Set-up (all exhibits must be set-up by 9am)
9am-12pm Interviews at the VMHC & VMFA Pauley Center (map attached)
10:30am-2:30pm Fun activities in Halsey Family Lecture Hall (Trivia Contest, scavenger hunt, mural mosaic, banner to sign, etc.)
11am-2pm Food trucks onsite with entrees for lunch, snacks and sodas available for purchase inside
12:30-3pm Exhibits open for viewing
3pm Awards Ceremony
4pm Exhibit Break-down  

MATERIALS TO BRING: Students should bring 3 copies of their process paper and annotated bibliographies to give to the judges at the beginning of their interview.

PARKING: If you follow Google Maps to 428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220 – you’ll want to follow the signage to our parking lot or nearby spots. Our main parking lot is behind our building off of Kensington. Directions are available here.  The VMFA Parking Garage will be open early (free for VMFA members or $5 cash at entry for non-members). You can also park in the St. Mark's Episcopal Church lot off of N. Colonial Avenue. Street parking is also available around both museums.
TEACHER REGISTRATION: Visit the Teacher Registration Table when you arrive. We will have packets available for teachers with a printed program and schedule, a mural mosaic tile, and activity flyer. You can also get your Virginia History Day t-shirt as a small thank you for all the work you’ve put into this program this year.
STUDENT REGISTRATION: Student Registration will be broken down by Category this year. Upon arrival, students should check in at the table labeled with their category (Documentary, Exhibit, Website, Performance, or Paper) to receive their packet, program, and t-shirt.
INTERVIEW LOCATIONS: Like last year, not all interviews will take place in our building. We will be utilizing spaces at the VMFA's Pauley Center for some interviews.
INTERVIEWS: The Paper, Website, and Exhibit interviews will NOT be open to teachers, parents, or the public. Performances and Documentaries are available for viewing. Please only enter and exit in between interviews so as to not distract the students. If you are interested in seeing the websites or reading the papers, they will be available all day on iPads and in hard copy in the Cabell Family Foundation Gallery near Registration. Exhibits will be open for viewing after the last interviews are complete around 12:30 or so.
SOCIAL MEDIA: We will be using #vhd2019 to tag all of our social media posts that day! When you arrive, we’ll have a list of objects on view to go and see and decide does it show more conflict or compromise? Make sure to tag either @virginiahistory or @vmhceducation in your posts on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook.  
WIFI: Both the VMHC and the VMFA have public WiFi networks – please login so you can post easily without using up your cell data!
FOOD ONSITE: We will have food available onsite throughout the day including food trucks during the lunch hours. 
Contact Information:
Christina Vida
Virginia History Day Coordinator 
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7311, Richmond, Virginia 23221-0311
Physical Address:
428 North Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220
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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 teacher, District coordinator, or Christina Vida, Virginia History Day coordinator at cvida@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 Christina Vida, Virginia History Day coordinator at cvida@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.
Even if your students do not participate in 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 2019 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 April 27, 2019.
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Thank you for your interest in judging for the Virginia History Day contest on Saturday, April 27, 2019.


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 Historical Society. 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 in 10 to 15 minute intervals, 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, Christina Vida, at cvida@VirginiaHistory.org or 804-342-9672.


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