Washington State History Day is a 501C-3 nonprofit corportation with a mission to support and promote National History Day programing in Washington schools, in cooperation with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington State Historical Society. We are tasked by the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 28A.300.375) with raising $50,000 dollars annually to support National History Day activities initiated by the Superintendent of Public Instruction's office.
You can think of us as "booster club" for National History Day outreach, programs and contests in the State of Washington. An official state publication provides full program information:
"History Day is a nationwide social studies program that encourages students in grades 6 -12 to become historical researchers. The Washington History Day program a state level affiliate of the National History Day program is operated in partnership by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington State Historical Society."
"Historical research is the heart of the History Day program. The research process is student led, but guided by adults such as teachers, librarians, and parents."
"History Day students:
• Select a historical topic
• Find and analyze research sources
• Develop and support a thesis
• Provide historical context
• Explain the topic’s historical significance"
"History Day Project:
Students then create a History Day project to display their work. They may choose to make an exhibit, documentary, performance, paper, or website. Students must also list all of their research sources in an annotated bibliography."
"History Day Contests:
Students may also choose to enter their project in a History Day contest where they present their work, receive feedback from contest judges, and compete for awards and prizes. There are regional, state, and national levels of competition."
"How Can My Child Participate?
Students in grades 6 - 12 can participate in the History Day program through their school with teacher guidance, or outside of school with parent guidance. Work typically begins in the fall.
If students choose to participate in the History Day contests, students and their teacher/parent will need to register for their local event."
to learn more about the History Day program in Washington State, including contests.
History Day education resources are available at: