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2015 Maryland History Day

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at UMBC

The theme for the 2015 contest is "Leadership and Legacy in History"

Looking for some local Maryland history ideas?  Here are some potential topics

2014 National History Day Honorees from Maryland with links to projects

2014 Maryland History Day Advancers to National History Day

2014 Maryland History Day Special Prize Winners

Students who place first or second at the State Contest advance to the National Contest in June.


What is History Day?

History Day is an exciting, history-based learning experience for students in grades 6 through 12. In History Day, students learn about issues, ideas, people, and events in history and apply what they have learned through creative and original productions.

Choose your own topic! Students select a topic that interests them and relate it to the annual theme. From local history to world history, from ancient to contemporary history, from politics to music - there are unlimited possibilities for topic choice.

Get involved in hands-on research! Beyond simply memorizing names and dates, students conduct in-depth research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews to draw their own conclusions about the topic's significance in history.

Choose a format that highlights your talents! Students can showcase their research and creativity through one of five formats - historical papers, imaginative exhibits, original performances, multimedia documentaries, and historical web sites.

Teachers across Maryland say that History Day is an invaluable tool in the classroom! History Day gets students actively engaged in history and helps meet requirements of state social studies standards. It is a flexible program that includes a variety of methods of participation and interdisciplinary approaches.

Get started on your project today!



What Maryland students have to say about History Day:

"History Day is the most thrilling experience I have ever had.  It was educational but also very inspirational.  I met so many bright, friendly people from all over the country and from other countries who were all contagiously enthusiastic about history.  I learned so much from their perspectives and creativity presented through their projects and felt so proud that my story was part of this impressive group.  The History Day experience was also fun!  I socialized, traded buttons, attended a dance, and participated in special events at the National American History Museum.  Finally, it was very gratifying.  I felt such a sense of pride to represent state in the opening and closing ceremonies.  Then, to have my name called to receive medals for my project during the awards presentation was incredibly thrilling, and gave me an amazing sense of pride and achievement.   I love History Day!  I definitely want to make it back to College Park next year!"

- 2014 Junior Divsion Outstanding State Entry winner, Brian Holt


Maryland History Day 2014 took place on Saturday, May 3 at UMBC and drew over 600 participants.

Photos from Maryland History Day are on our Maryland History Day Facebook page

  Maryland History Day in their own words:  Students, parents, teachers, and judges talk on camera- some of those interviewed advanced to Nationals or won special awards!  Visit our channel on YouTube.

Read about Maryland History Day in the July 2012 edition of the Magazine of History, the journal of the Organization of American Historians.

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Support Maryland Students Via Text Message! 

It takes a lot of resources—time, creativity, money, and manpower—to offer Maryland History Day, particularly when more than 18,000 students participate statewide! You can make a difference. Donate $10.00—enough to cover the costs associated with one student. Message & data rates may apply. 



Maryland History Day Sponsors

The Maryland State Department of Education is the primary sponsor of Maryland History Day.

The program also receives support from partner organization, National History Day.

Columbia Gas of Maryland is a category sponsors in 2015 for exhibits.