Welcome to the Frederick County District Contest

Important Dates & Times

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Welcome to the Frederick History Day Registration Site!

Schedule of Events:  (click on the link below)

History Day Combined.pdf


This site is for students, teachers, and judges.  Here you will find all the information you need about registering, dates, etc.  Once you create your accounts, you will have access to tools specific to your needs.


By creating an account, you are registering.  This does not commit you to participating in the History Day contest on March 2nd, but you cannot participate without creating an account.  Deadline is December 14th for creating your account, and Jan. 16th for making changes.


Students can register once you create your account. Your name is connected with your school and your students, used to create reports, standings, and more.


Creating an account allows the District Coordinator to assign you to a category and create the schedule. You can set your preferences and provide preferred contact information.

Thank you for your interest in Frederick History Day!  Hope to see you on March 2nd, 2019, at Monocacy Middle School.



Students - the link below takes you to the schedule for History Day.  If you are unsure of your judging time, please consult this file.

Thanks and see you on Saturday!

History Day Combined.pdf



History Day Students!  Maryland Humanities is requesting your input about this year's program to help with future planning.  Please access the survey here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PBZXN8V .



The following is excerpted from  Maryland History Day Teacher Guide- Introduction.docx

Participating in History Day is Fun and Beneficial:

The Maryland History Day program is an excellent avenue for merging educational standards and learning goals in regular instruction. 

History Day students will:  

• Demonstrate their understanding of historical events related to an annual theme, with respect to how historical events relate to each other.  

• Understand what is meant by historical context and be able to relate their projects to events that occurred before and after. 

• Develop alternatives to traditional problem-solving methods.

• Explore creative ways of presenting historical material related to their topics.

• Learn to answer questions and defend their work to judges.

• Become more comfortable using library and other historical resources.


 Developing Skills through History Day Participation:

•  Skills: students plan, monitor and evaluate their own learning experiences 

• Thinking Skills: students learn to think creatively, critically, and strategically to make effective decisions, solve problems and achieve goals 

• Writing Skills:  students learn to outline a topic, write an effective essay/paragraph, build an annotated bibliography, and produce grammatical and correctly spelled material

• Communication Skills: students plan, participate in, monitor and evaluate multi-modal communication experiences

• Technology Skills: students learn to understand, use, and evaluate technologies used for their projects

• Interpersonal Skills: students learn to work effectively with others  

More importantly, students acquire skills in putting together complex ideas:   

• Students understand the concept of chronology, make their own timelines, and can talk about what came before and after their event.

• Students engage in analysis and interpretation; most importantly, students must develop, present and defend their own arguments.

• Students conduct research using appropriate technology, formulate their own questions, evaluate the credibility of sources, use primary and secondary resources, and develop annotated bibliographies. 

Some examples of how these required skills relate to History Day are:

Critical thinking and analysis and interpretation of original research allow students to discriminate between facts and opinions and to draw their own conclusions about historical events.

Developing a research strategy allows students to use and understand the significance of primary and secondary sources.  

Making time lines of historical events and using maps of the period help students to recognize cause and effect and identify trends.

• Realizing that every story has a bias helps students to be careful when evaluating their sources.  

• Being able to define the problems at hand allows students to form possible alternatives to those problems and test hypotheses to reach final conclusions.

History Day also offers cross-disciplinary potential in English/Language Arts, Art, Drama, etc. and allows students to work in their preferred modalities.


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Benefits for Teachers:

The History Day Program:  

• gives teachers an active-learning teaching tool for the classroom

• helps teachers meet the requirements of national and state history standards

• provides an excellent assessment tool

• helps teachers integrate the study of history with other disciplines, including writing, the arts, and other social sciences

• supplies curricular aids, and research and bibliographic guides

• supports professional development by offering workshops and summer institutes where teachers can learn about the latest in historical scholarship and new teaching methods and techniques

• provides opportunities for teachers to work with academic historians, librarians, archivists, and public historians


Selected Resources:

Maryland History Day Teacher Guide- Introduction.docx

NHD Contest Rule Book.pdf

NHD Contest Rule Book in Spanish.pdf

There are many more resources available to teachers through the District Coordinator and through the Maryland Humanities website.  Please contact the coordinator here for details.




Judges - the Backbone of History Day

According to Maryland Humanities, over 27,000 Maryland students participate each year in historical topics and research to create original documentaries, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites.

Students that place in the Frederick County contest advance to Maryland History Day, held on May 11 at UMBC.  If they place at the state level, they go on to the national competition held in College Park.  Each year, Frederick County does very well at states, in part because of you and your helpful analysis of hteir projects!

While most judges include humanities scholars, teachers, librarians, and museum professionals, anyone who wants to support students may judge.  Judging entails: reviewing student projects as part of a team of 3, interviewing contestants, selecting the winners to advance to the state contest, and providing constructive feedback.

Judging is a wonderful way to support students in the Frederick community, and help them learn how to analyze and think about history.  Why judge?

  • Community involvement
  • Networking opportunities with other Frederick history professionals 
  • Learn something new
  • Free breakfast and lunch - with exploded potatoes!
  • Help Frederick County students

Training Materials: Upon registering to judge, you are encouraged to review the National History Day rulebook to see specific details about the categories and procedures, as well as the annual contest theme. You can also look at sample projects from previous competitions.



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