Important Dates & Times

Wednesday January 01, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Thursday February 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 8:30 AM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Saturday March 07, 2020 at 9:30 AM

What is History Day?

History Day is a nationally acclaimed history education program that encourages middle school and high school students to become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, and artist as they create unique interpretations of the past. History Day makes history come alive through active student learning and provides educators with professional development opportunities.

Students can enter one of five categories of competition (papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, and websites) in the junior division - grades 6th through 8th - and senior division - grades 9th through 12th. They can work as individuals or in groups in every category except the paper.

Students can participate at their local school or enter a regional contest. The 2020 Eastern Washington Regional History Day contest will be held on March 7, 2020, at Eastern Washington University (please see dates and links below). This regional competition is being sponsored by the College of Social Sciences and the Department of History at EWU. The top three winners of each category may continue onto the Washington State History Day competition, which is sponsored by the Washington State Historical Society ( Winners of the State competition can attend the National History Day contest June 10th-14th, 2018 ( THIS INFO TO BE  UPDATED FOR 2020.


Schedule of Events

8:00 - 8:30

Volunteers - arrive Patterson Hall Entry SW Corner. Set-up as instructed and assume assigned guide/check-in/etc. spots.

8:30 – 9:30

Student Registration – Patterson Hall Entry SW Corner - students should attend check-in with their supervising teacher - supervising teachers will be given packets with programs, name-tags, etc.

Exhibit Set Up – Exhibit rooms will be assigned and included in Program -  Table assignments will be designated by signs showing the student(s)' name(s) and exhibit - Electrical extension cords may be requested at check-in.

Judges Orientation - Patterson 117


9:30 – *12:30      *or completion of judging

Judging all categories  – Patterson Hall - see schedule for specific entry locations - a preliminary schedule will be distributed by e-mail to teachers a few days before the contest, with a final schedule posted in Patterson Hall the day of the contest.

12:00 - 1:00

Participant Lunch - Patterson 344 - Sponsored by The McGregor Company and EWU


Awards Ceremony – Showalter Hall - Rm 109

PARKING  - EWU lots are open on the weekend for general parking.  Please follow basic parking rules - no blocking drive-ways or other access points - do not park in private parking lots without payment - do not park at any meter without payment - do not park in any handicap spot without the appropriate license/tag - do not park in reserved spots, etc.   BUSES and VANS will be assigned a separate parking lot TBA.   The parking lot directly across Elm Street from Patterson Hall and the connected parking lot behind the Newman Center (was P-11) are now both privately owned  - any vehicle parking in these lots without payment will be subject to ticketing and/or towing.






Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

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