Michigan History Day®


Michigan History Day®, an educational program of the Historical Society of Michigan, is a yearlong educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history.

Winners of the state level Michigan History Day competition in the Junior and Senior categories move on to compete in National History Day in College Park, MD.

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Michigan History Day
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A Student’s Perspective

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A Teacher’s Perspective


After selecting a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, and create final projects in one of five categories: paper, exhibit, documentary, website, or performance.

These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level. Local competitions start at the school-level in February. Regional competitions take place within eleven districts in March. The state finals for Michigan History Day take place the last Saturday of April in a location that changes throughout the state each year.

Please notify the Historical Society of Michigan through michiganhistoryday@hsmichigan.org if you or your student plans to participate in Michigan History Day. Our staff can help!

Click here for a short video about Michigan History Day.

IMPORTANT Annual Theme Information!!!

The 2021/22 annual theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.
Click here to learn more about the 2022 theme.

 The contest rules and evaluation forms have changed for the 2021 season and will be used for 2022! Click  here to access the new Contest Rulebook.




Historical Society of Michigan 7435 Westshire Dr., Lansing MI 48917
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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