Welcome to the Region 1 - Bowling Green State University Regional Contest

Important Dates & Times


Learn about this year's theme on the National History Day website

Welcome to the Region I Ohio History Day Contest Portal!

An affiliate of National History Day, Ohio History Day is a statewide tradition that encourages students in grades 6-12 to engage with history.  

Important Info, Dates & Fees:

  • Registration opening: December 1, 2019
  • Contest date: Saturday March 14, 2020
  • Registration deadline: February 21, 2020
  • Paper Submission and Website lockdown: March 1, 2020
  • Registration fee: $10
    • Please sign the check to Bowling Green State University.
    • Please mail checks to: University Libraries Budget Office, 205 William T. Jerome Library BGSU, Bowling Green, OH 43403-0170. 
  • Registration fee must be received by March 14, 2020 - and IS NON-REFUNDABLE 
  • Students must attend on the contest date to compete, even if they are submitting papers or websites.

If you have questions on navigating the web portal's functions, please consult the NHD's Registration Guidelines Document.

Thank you to all of our 2019 sponsors!

Center for Archival Collections logoToledo History Museum logo Kiwanis logo 



We are updating the website for the 2020 competition.  Thank you for your patience.

What should I bring with me?

  1. Documents that you will need to give to the judges so they can evaluate your project.  Below are what you need to bring depending on the category you present in
Required Judging Materials
Your entry Title Page Process paper Annotated bib
Flash drive, YouTube link, etc. 3 3 3
Display (40wX30dX6h) 3 3 3
NA 3 3 3
Weebly link NA NA NA
3 copies of paper NA NA NA
**We do not have a way to make printouts of your material in the event that you forget them**
Please make sure to bring a copy of your materials for your use 
These materials must be typed or neatly printed on plain white paper, and stapled together in the top left corner. Do not enclose them in a cover or binder
Computers and displays will be available for Documentaries and Websites entries
Electrical outlets will be available for those entries that requested one during registration
Performance entrants must provide and run all equipment and carry in/out any special lighting or sound effects
  1. There are a few places to eat around the Bowling Green State University campus.  Bringing in outside food for a large group is not allowed in the Union, but you can bring in your personal meals.
  2. Something to do.  It is a long day.  We will have activities, but if you plan to be here all day you may need additional entertainment.  Free wifi is available on campus through the BGSU Guest wireless


We are updating the website for the 2020 competition.  Thank you for your patience.

Region I Teachers:

Thank you for all your work that has contributed to an exciting competition!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Region I contest.

If you encounter any difficulty registering students and projects within the web portal, please consult this NHD guidelines document or contact a coordinator.

In addition, we encourage teachers and educators to stay in touch with us throughout the year. We offer professional development opportunities through workshops and archival open-house events. Your participation in Ohio History Day ensures:

  • The integration of history instruction across mutiple disciplines, including historical lessons plans and enrichment tools, developed by the National History Day offices which are in alignment with national and state history learning standards. 
  • Student interaction with the teaching public (libraries and library staff, university  & collegiate campuses and students, special collections and primary sources, etc.).

We are updating the website for the 2020 competition.  Thank you for your patience.

Region I Judge Portal:

Thank you so very much for your interest in serving as a judge for Ohio History Day! The Center for Archival Collections at BGSU will host the Region 1 competition on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.  Volunteers are needed to help judge contest entries. The time commitment is from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all of our volunteer judges.  If ever you require further coaxing, here are the Top 10 Reasons to Judge: Ohio History Day via the Ohio History Connection offices!
Volunteer judges will receive all necessary materials: judge team assignments, the annual theme narrative, NHD sample questions sheet, scratch note paper, and judge evaluation forms. Judges in the category of historical papers and websites will receive their materials in advance.   

Volunteer Judge Responsibilities:

  • As a volunteer judge, your responsibility is to successfully evaluate students' knowledge of history, as applied through their scholarly and original research, and alongside their creative expression.
  • Critique projects on the annual theme  

Registered judges will receive more information (location and parking, papers & websites if judging either of these categories) on a date closer to the competition.

Judging Instruction Forms:  Paper WebsitesDocumentaryPerformances | Exhibits


What to Expect:
Morning orientation:
  • Receive judge orientation and training on the morning of the competition (a little after 8:00 am)
  • Meet the other members of your judging team; review your judge packet, including the process paper and bibliography for each project. 
  • Breakfast will be provided!

During the interviews/judging process:

  • Greet the student presenters. Let them know when you are ready to review the project. Exhibit judges should review the exhibit. Performance and documentary judges should give the signal to begin; make sure the students introduce themselves and the title of their presentation.
  • Jot down notes as you review the project. 
  • After you've reviewed the project, begin asking the student(s) questions. Use this opportunity to allow students to share both their research topic and how they investigated it.  Please, do not offer suggestions for improvement at this time.
  • Thank the student for their work and scholarship!

After the interviews:

  • Lunch will be provided!
  • Return to the judges' room to evaluate student projects as a team.  NHD relies on a consensus process. Projects should be ranked on the scale 'Superior--Excellent--Good'
    • You will also have time to complete your own judging sheets.
      • The overall rating must be the same for each judge, but individual column ratings and comments do not need to be identical. 
      • All students will receive their judging forms at the culmination of the regional contest, so please print legibly. As such, your evaluations are important to students, whether they advance to the next round of competition or not.  
      • Fair, clear, and constructive (positive) feedback is expected and encouraged of all volunteer judges! Many thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Run-off Judging:

For more information on History Day judging instructions, visit guide, produced by the Winconsin Historical Societies history day offices: https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/pdfs/nhd/school_script.pdf

For more information on the run-off aspect of judging, please visit: https://www.ohiohistory.org/getattachment/learn/education-and-outreach/ohio-history-day/Judging.pdf




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