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Resources for Exhibits

Do you like to design or build things? Do you like going to museums? Do you have access to craft supplies? If so, then you may want to create an exhibit to display all of your research findings! An exhibit is a visual representation of your research and your conclusions. It uses things such as writing, photos, quotations, and artifacts to explain the significance of your topic.

 Things to Remember:

  • A 500 word limit applies to all text and video that is part of the exhibit. This includes titles, captions, etc. The limit does not apply to quotations.
  • A brief credit for all visual sources must appear on the exhibit itself.
  • The exhibit must be no larger than 40 inches wide, 30 inches deep, and 6 feet high. Circular exhibits must be no more than 30 inches in diameter.
  • Media devices used in an exhibit must not run for more than three minutes.
  • A process paper and annotated bibliography are required. (These do not count towards the 500 words.)
  • See the Contest Rulebook for more information.

Bring 4 copies of your process paper and annotated bibliography!

Exhibit Set-Up
You will need to set up your exhibit between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Your assigned space will have a place card with your entry title. Leave at least four (4) copies of your process paper and bibliography out for judges. (Judges may take copies later in the day.) STUDENTS MAY NOT HAVE ASSISTANCE FROM ADULTS IN SETTING UP THEIR PROJECTS. Adults may only carry projects or perform tasks that would be dangerous for students to carry out themselves. If you requested electricity for your project, you will need to bring a long extension cord.

Prepare for Repairs
It is a good idea to put together an emergency repair kit in case your project is damaged on the way to the event. Do not forget the duct tape! Remember, you will not be allowed into the Exhibit Hall once it has closed for judging.

The Judging Process
Plan to arrive at the Exhibit Hall 20 minutes before your scheduled interview. When the judges are ready, the room monitor will call you into the Exhibit Hall for your interview. No one but the judges and student(s) being interviewed will be allowed into the Exhibit Hall while judging is taking place. If you have completed your interview or if it is more than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time, please avoid the Exhibit Hall to reduce noise and crowding for other students.

Public Viewing of Exhibits
While judging is in progress, the Exhibit Hall is closed to everyone but judges and students being interviewed. The public is welcome to view the exhibits at the conclusion of all exhibit judging (see the program at the event for more information).

When to Remove Your Exhibits
Please see the event schedule for times to remove your exhibit. No exhibits may be removed from the Exhibit Hall before 2:30 p.m. (judges need time to evaluate entries for Special Awards). If you must leave before this time, we advise that you arrange for someone else to take your project home because all exhibits not removed from the Exhibit Hall by 4:30 p.m. will be discarded.

Important Note About Valuables
Michigan History Day® and its sponsors are not responsible for the loss of or damage to projects or personal belongings during event activities. Although room monitors will be nearby during the competition, staff or volunteers cannot be asked to hold or “guard” particular items at any time. If you decide to leave a valuable item in your exhibit, you must take responsibility for its security. We recommend that you, a teacher, or a parent arrange to be present during public viewing times. Michigan History Day is not responsible for personal items left at Bay City Central High School.

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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