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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.

  • Exhibit Organizer
  • Levels of Text
  • Organizing Your Information – Exhibits
  • New Exhibit Evaluation Form 
  • New Exhibit Checklist
  • All exhibit students will submit their written documents (title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography) before the State Finals contest whether it is in-person or virtual. Check with your district coordinator to see if you will need to do the same before your district contest. If the State Finals are a virtual contest, you will need to submit your exhibit digitally. Please read the Exhibit Guidelines (Comings soon!) carefully. You and your teacher/sponsor/coach need to discuss the options and decide what will work best for you. Please contact your district coordinator for instructions about your district contest. You can find contact information for coordinators on the District Information page.

 Things to Remember:

  • Plan ahead! You may need to submit your exhibit digitally if the contest is virtual. Exhibits that are round, multi-sided, or have moving parts are hard to photograph and recreate digitally.
  • 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 two minutes.
  • A process paper and annotated bibliography are required. (These do not count towards the 500 words.)
  • See the Contest Rule Book for the complete set of rules.

Uploading Process (2022 instructions coming soon!)
Please see the 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 Rule Book. The rule book can be read, saved, or printed from www.hsmichigan.org/programs/mhd/teacher-resources.



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