State Finals for 2021

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Click here to view the program for the 2021 virtual State Finals.

The Award Ceremony will be available on our YouTube channel at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 24. Click here to watch it live or watch a recording when it is done.

Click here for the list of national finalists, top finishers, and special award winners

The 2021 National Finals will be virtual! Details will be shared with National Finalists and Alternates.

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 2021 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.

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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 and project submission must be completed on or before Wednesday, March 31, 2021. You will not be able to register until your district coordinator sends the results of your district contest to Michigan History Day. Students and teachers will receive an e-mail when they can register for the contest. Students cannot register for the State Finals until their teachers/sponsors/coaches register in the system.
  • 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 system or you may send a check or money order payable to the Historical Society of Michigan. Please make sure the student’s name is on the check.
  • Teachers can create an invoice for schools or districts paying for student registration. Please e-mail michiganhistoryday@hsmichigan.org or call the Historical Society of Michigan at (517) 324-1828 if you have trouble creating an invoice. A video of how to create invoices is available here.
  • No refunds will be granted after Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

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Is Attendance Required to Compete?
Not for the 2021 contest! All students are required to complete registration, provide payment, and submit project materials by the deadline to participate in the contest.

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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. As part of the 2021 State Finals, they will provide information that students can explore in a variety of ways, including the possibility of one-on-one virtual visits with schools, as they consider where they might attend after high school. Click on the school to visit their website. Click on the video link to learn more about the college or university.

Albion College (Video)
Aquinas College
Calvin University (Video)
Central Michigan University (Video)
Delta College (Video)
Eastern Michigan University (Video)
Grand Valley State University (Video)
Hope College (Video 1 & Video 2)
Kirtland Community College (Video)
Lake Superior State University (Video)
Michigan State University (Video)
Michigan Technological University (Video)
Saginaw Valley State University (Video)
Oakland University (Video)
Olivet College (Video)
University of Detroit Mercy (Video)
University of Michigan-Dearborn (Video)
Wayne State University (Video)
Western Michigan University (Video)

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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 in mid-May. 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 of the contest on Saturday, April 24, at 11 a.m. Details will be available in the weeks before the ceremony. The event will be recorded and posted on our website.

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National Finalist Meeting
Coming soon!

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Special Awards for the 2021 State Finals Competition

  • New! Best Use of Economic History or Impact • Sponsored by TCF Bank
  • 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 Elly Peterson Award for Michigan Women’s History • Sponsored  by the Michigan Women Forward
  • The Sam Breck Award for Best Entry in Railroad History • Sponsored by the Michigan Railroad History Conference
  • The Best Entry in Use of Newspapers • Sponsored by the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
  • James Campbell Award for Best Use of Oral History • Michigan Oral History Association
  • The Best Entry in Use of Primary Sources • Michigan Archival Association
  • The Best Entry in Use of Family History • Sponsored by the Michigan Genealogical Council
  • The Best Entry in African-American History • Sponsored by Merze Tate Travel Writers

Click here to view detailed descriptions of the 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. Nominations will happen through the online registration system. The form must be completed by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Students must include 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. Please see the Virtual Contest Guide for details about submitting your project.  Students will upload a single PDF with their title page, process paper (new for 2021!), paper, and annotated bibliography to the registration system.

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

The Uploading Process
Please see the Virtual Contest Guide for details about submitting your project.  Students will upload a single PDF with their title page, process paper, performance companion worksheet, and annotated bibliography and a link to a recording of their performance to the registration system. Both individual and group performances will submit recordings.

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

Uploading Process
Please see the Virtual Contest Guide for details about submitting your project. Students have two options for submitting an exhibit project this year. They can physically construct an exhibit and then take photos of it or they can create a virtual exhibit. They will upload a single PDF with their title page, process paper, annotated bibliography, and exhibit to the registration system.

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
Please see the Virtual Contest Guide for details about submitting your project. Students will upload a single PDF with their title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography and a link to their documentary to the registration system.

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.

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Website

Submission Process
Please see the Virtual Contest Guide for details about submitting your project. Students will share the link to their website in the registration system. The process paper and annotated bibliography will be embedded in their website. Student will be locked out of making changes to their websites at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Websites will unlock on April 25, 2021.

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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