State Finals for 2020

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Congratulations winners! 

Click here to watch the Award Ceremony.

Click here for the list of winners.

Click here for the 2020 Virtual State Finals Program.

Click on the links below or the buttons to the right to learn more about that item.

About the Michigan History Day® (MHD) Program

Who May Participate at the State Final Event?

Who May Participate at the National History Day Event?

Deadlines and Fees

Is Attendance Required to Compete?

Are You Allowed to Improve Your Project?

College, University & Organization Information Tables

Judging Evaluation Forms

Award Ceremony

National Finalist Meeting (After The Award Ceremony)

Special Awards for the 2020 State Finals Competition

Project Sharing Directions

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About the Michigan History Day (MHD) Program
Michigan History Day and its regional and state competitions are part of the National History Day Contest (NHD) competition. Michigan History Day is run by the Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) and sponsored by the Meijer Foundation. Our location sponsor for 2020 is Central Michigan University.

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Who May Participate at the State Finals?
The top three entries in each category per age division at each district or regional event are selected as State Finalists and invited to participate in the State Finals.

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Who May Participate at the National History Day Event?
Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to advance from the State Final Event to the National History Day Competition, held at the University of Maryland in June. The top two entries in each category per age division are selected to participate at nationals.

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Deadlines and Fees

  • Online registration must be completed on or before Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
  • All members of a group entry must complete their own registration forms and pay the registration fee. ALL GROUP MEMBERS MUST REGISTER!
  • The registration fee for the state event is $35 per student. You may pay using a credit card through the online registration or you may send a check or money order payable to the Historical Society of Michigan. Please make sure your name is on the check.
  • Schools or districts paying for student registration can call the Historical Society of Michigan at (517) 324-1828 to request an invoice for student fees.
  • No refunds will be granted after Friday, April 10, 2020.

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Is Attendance Required to Compete?
Not for the 2020 contest! There will not be interviews this year.

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Are You Allowed to Improve Your Project?
Students are allowed and encouraged to improve their projects between MHD competitions. Most students will use the feedback from judges at district events to make changes to their project before the State Finals.

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College, University, and Organization Information Tables
We thank the following Colleges, Universities, and Organizations for their support of Michigan History Day. We hope that they will provide information tables and representatives at the 2021 State Finals.

Central Michigan University
Albion College
Delta College
Grand Valley State University
Hillsdale College
Lake Superior State University
Michigan State University
Northern Michigan University
Saginaw Valley State University
Oakland University
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Michigan-Dearborn
University of Michigan-Flint
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University

Michigan Society Sons of the American Revolution

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Judging Evaluation Forms
After the event, judge evaluation forms will be e-mailed to the student, parent, and teacher/sponsor listed on each student’s entry.  The priority will be the students advancing to the National Finals because they have to submit their materials by May 22, 2020. Students in the Youth Division and those who did not advance to the National Finals may not receive their forms until June. Judges’ comments provide constructive feedback on how students can improve their work in the future and help them understand why their project received its rating. Feel free to contact staff with questions, however, please understand that all judges’ decisions are final.

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Award Ceremony

We will share the results on Saturday, May 9 at 3 p.m. using YouTube Live. The Award Ceremony will be recorded and available on our website and YouTube channel after the ceremony ends. The ceremony should not last more than an hour.

To access the live video, visit our Michigan History Day YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCscqLlufYHX3SLmu9Zoptg. Once there, go to the “Videos” tab under our channel name. Under the Videos tab, there is an Uploads display name with a drop-down arrow on the right side. Click on the drop-down arrow next to “Uploads” and select “Live streams.” Our Awards Ceremony scheduled live stream is located on that page, titled “2020 State Finals Awards Ceremony.”

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National Finalist Meeting
Coming soon!

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Special Awards for the 2020 State Finals Competition

  • The Best Entry in African-American History • Sponsored by Merze Tate Travel Writers
  • The Best Entry in Michigan History • Sponsored by Meijer
  • Best Entry in Naval or Maritime History • Sponsored by the Continental Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States
  • The Best Entry is Use of Primary Sources • Michigan Archival Association
  • The Elly Peterson Award for Michigan Women’s History • Sponsored  by the Michigan Women Forward
  • James Campbell Award for Best Use of Oral History • Michigan Oral History Association
  • The Sam Breck Award for Best Entry in Railroad History • Sponsored by Michigan Roundtable, Lexington Group in Transportation
  • The Best Entry in Use of Newspapers • Sponsored by the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
  • The Best Entry in Use of Family History • Sponsored by the Michigan Genealogical Council

Click here to view detailed descriptions of the Special Awards.

Click here to nominate your project for Special Awards.

Students can nominate their projects for up to three special awards. Judges will only consider projects that are nominated during the registration process. The online nomination form is at hsmichigan.org/mhd/special-awards. The form must be completed by Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Students must supply their process paper, annotated bibliography, and a brief explanation (250 words or less) of why their project should be selected for a special award.

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Paper

The Uploading Process
Students will NOT send in hard-copies of their papers. Students are required to email their papers no later than Sunday, April 19, 2020, to mhdpaper@gmail.com. Make sure that your title page, paper, and annotated bibliography are in one file (in the order listed). Name the file with your last name. For example: Myers. The file should be .doc or .pdf. 

Review the Rules
Please review the rules for the competition and your category in the National History Day Contest Rulebook. The rulebook can be found online at www.hsmichigan.org/programs/mhd/teacher-resources.

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Performance

Written Materials: Title Page, Process Paper, Annotated Bibliography, and Script

All Performances: Make sure that your title page, process paper, annotated bibliography, and script are in one file (in the order listed). Name the file with your last name(s). For example: Bradfield_Myers. The file should be .doc or .pdf. E-mail the file to performancemhd@gmail.comGroup projects: Only one member of the group needs to submit written materials but the last names of all your group members should be part of the file name. All materials are due Sunday, April 19, 2020.
We encourage students to include stage direction in their scripts and try to paint the best picture they can. Script tips are available in the Performance instructions linked below.

We will only accept recordings of performances from the Individual Performance category. See instructions below. It is important for people to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, so groups should not meet in person to work on projects. Not all students have the same equipment and support available to them, so we will not share recorded performances with judges in the Group Performance category.

Click here for detailed instructions and tips.

Review the Rules
Please review the rules for the competition and your category in the National History Day Contest Rulebook. The rulebook can be found online at www.hsmichigan.org/programs/mhd/teacher-resources.

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Exhibit

The following instructions were changed on April 6, 2020. Staff from National History Day provided the template that will be used for the National Finals and we have decided to use that template as well. 

If you have already submitted your exhibit materials, you DO NOT have to submit them again. But, if you would like to change to the new template, you can. All materials are still due Sunday, April 19.

Uploading Process
Students will take pictures of their exhibit and enter them in a Google Slideshow or Microsoft PowerPoint template. Students will include the text of their exhibit in the Google Slideshow or Microsoft PowerPoint. Click here for detailed instructions and templates.

Exhibit Text
It may be difficult for judges to see the details of your exhibit in the photographs, even when they zoom. In order to help the judges, we recommend that you provide the text of your exhibit (including photo captions and credits) for the judges. You will do this on the slide next to the pictures you take of your exhibit.

Written Materials: Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography
Make sure that your title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography are in one file (in the order listed). Name the file with your last name(s). For example: Bradfield_Myers. The file should be .doc or .pdf. E-mail the file to mhdexhibit@gmail.com. Group projects: Only one member of the group needs to submit written materials but the last names of all your group members should be part of the file name.

Review the Rules
Please review the rules for the competition and your category in the National History Day Contest Rulebook. The rulebook can be read, saved, or printed from www.hsmichigan.org/programs/mhd/teacher-resources.

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Documentary

Uploading Process
Students will upload their documentaries before the event.

  • IMPORTANT: Video file uploads are due Sunday, April 19, 2020.  These files will be considered FINAL versions by the judge team.
  • Below are instructions for uploading your video files. ONLY ONE GROUP MEMBER NEEDS TO UPLOAD THE VIDEO FILE.
  1. Go to google.com
  2. In the upper right hand corner, click on the blue “Sign In” button
  3. Create an account if needed
  4. Write down your username and password for reference
  5. In the upper right hand corner, click on the Apps box on the toolbar (it is made up of nine small boxes)
  6. Click on Drive
  7. Click on the Drop Down Menu “My Drive”
  8. Click “Upload files”
  9. Select the file you wish to upload and click open.  It will upload to your Google account.
  10. Share the file with mhddocumentary@gmail.com
  11. To share, right click on the file and hit “share” OR click on the share button on the toolbar in the upper right hand corner
  12. In the “Share with others” box enter mhddocumentary@gmail.com
  13. Select “Can Edit” next to where you enter the email address.  This is important to ensure that your documentary can be shared with the judges.
  14. Under “Add a note” write your name and exact entry title
  15. Click send
  16. You will receive a confirmation email when your file has been tested by HSM staff

Written Materials: Title Page, Process Paper and Annotated Bibliography
Make sure that your title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography are in one file (in the order listed). Name the file with your last name(s). For example: Bradfield_Myers. The file should be .doc or .pdf. E-mail the file to mhddocumentary@gmail.comGroup projects: Only one member of the group needs to submit written materials but the last names of all your group members should be part of the file name.

Click here for detailed instructions and tips.

Review the Rules
Please review the rules for the competition and your category in the National History Day Contest Rulebook. The rulebook can be found online at www.hsmichigan.org/programs/mhd/teacher-resources. You do not have to provide your own computer.

IMPORTANT: The old technology rules for the National competition are still in effect.

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Website

Online Submission and Project Deadlines
After Sunday, April 19, 2020, students will be LOCKED OUT of editing their websites until the 2020 Michigan History Day State Finals is over. The version of the student website that is online Monday, April 20, is the final version, and no further editing is permitted until the State Finals is completed. Once the competition is over, students will again have access to their websites.

Review the Rules
Please review the rules for the competition and your category in the National History Day Contest Rulebook. The rulebook can be found online at www.hsmichigan.org/programs/mhd/teacher-resources.

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