Maryland History Day

Where else could 31,000 students have so much fun, they forget how much they’re learning?

For middle and high school students who participate, Maryland History Day sparks critical thinking, and helps develop skills in research and analysis, writing, and public speaking.

Working solo or in small groups, students create original documentaries, exhibits, performances, research papers or websites exploring a breadth of historical topics within an annual theme. Students progress through competitions at the school, district, state, and national levels. Students from public, private, parochial, home, and cyber schools are welcome to participate.  District contests are held throughout Maryland every February and March.

2023 Maryland History Day

Get information about Judging
Are you interested in judging for Maryland History Day? Visit this section of our website to get information, resources, and to access the registration link!
Interested in a Class Visit or Professional Development?
Maryland History Day outreach staff members will be happy to work with your students to go over research, the project process, and other History Day Topics. Our two outreach staff can also schedule professional development sessions for teachers.
Educators, Request Classroom Materials
Maryland Humanities is excited to offer classroom materials for educators including posters, NHD Rule books, and resource books. Order now before the materials run out!
Educators, Request Digital Materials to Support History Day!
Maryland Humanities is supporting NHD in classrooms by offering funding to help cover the costs of subscriptions, services, software, etc. that supports research for and creation of History Day projects in classrooms, schools, and schools districts in Maryland. Apply now for earliest consideration!
Looking for your local contest?
Find the date, location, and who to contact about Maryland History Day in your county.
Choosing a Maryland History Day topic in American History, American Government, or World History?
Check out our themed History Inquiry Kits to get a head start on primary sources. These 180+ American History and World History Inquiry Kits allow students to select a topic and evaluate primary sources from the Library of Congress. From early cultures to the modern-day role of the United States, the kits examine social studies/history themes and are great starter kits for Maryland History Day project investigation. Click here to get started at Thinkport.org/TPS.

By the Numbers

  • 523
    educators participating in Maryland History Day
  • 200
    schools participating in Maryland History Day
  • ​22
    districts participating in Maryland History Day
  • 25,404
    students participating in Maryland History Day

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  • “History Day has taught men how to interpret and effective use primary sources in my writing to create and support claims. Now I am much more likely to explore databases, go to libraries, and explore further external sources for credible and effective sources.”

    Maryland History Day 2019 Student
  • “The excitement of the research was wonderful for my students’ academic progress. They now feel capable of doing any research paper that may be assigned in college!”

    Maryland History Day 2019 Teacher
  • “By using a variety of sources, I was able to get angles on my topic that I wasn’t able to before. Also, I learned so much about a topic near and dear to my heart that will enrich my learning later in life.”

    Maryland History Day 2015 Student
  • “The students are now far more prepared for the high level of scholarship and achievement that will be expected of them in future years. MHD also elevated many other skills too. These include public speaking, the use of technology, learning to collaborate.”

    ​Maryland History Day teacher
  • “[The students] learned a variety of ways to present their material and they could focus on what they wanted to learn about. The students had a choice in their learning. It was about their learning NOT what someone else felt they need to learn.”

    ​Maryland History Day teacher
  • “Maryland History Day challenged my daughter to go deeper, deeper in research analysis and presentation. It took her to a whole new level academically.”

    ​Maryland History Day parent
  • “[My son] became a real expert in his topic and, he says, developed a life-long love of history, especially the history of music. I cannot thank you enough for this rare and incredible opportunity.”

    Andrea LeWinter, parent of Maryland History Day participant
  • “My students went deeper with primary and secondary sources than ever before. They used critical thinking skills and applied the transfer goals and essential questions on a deeper level than they could have in class. It challenged them to think deeper and defend their findings.”

    Maryland History Day 2019 Teacher
  • “My students became more competent researchers, and took ownership of their work. They had total free reign to choose their topic, direct their research, and create their final project.”

    ​Maryland History Day 2015 Teacher
  • “The researching and communicating skills have made me a more confident person in all academic endeavors. These are skills that will last me a lifetime.”

    ​Maryland History Day student participant
  • “It provided an opportunity for my child to learn through experiential opportunities. He had interviews and tours that were relevant to his topic that helped the history come alive and create unforgettable memories.”

    Maryland History Day 2015 Parent
  • “MHD illustrated the applicability of the study of history to contemporary issues and current events. It was very motivating to converse with the students about their historical topic and observe how they applied it to current events and their own life circumstances.”

    ​Maryland History Day parent
  • “The thing that had the most impact were the skills that I got from this project. I developed better hunting skills in terms of looking for reliable sources and I also learned to work hard and not procrastinate to achieve something great.”

    Maryland History Day student participant
  • I’ve loved judging! It’s exciting to see the passion the middle schoolers have put in their projects. I hope that my critiques have helped strive for excellence throughout their lives.

    Dee Krasnansky, Maryland History Day Judge
  • “I had never done anything like this before so it was a totally new experience to write a paper, be interviewed, and defend my positions. I now really know how to do research and it has improved my writing skills.”

    ​Maryland History Day student
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