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Resources for Performances

Do you like speaking in front of an audience? Do you like dressing up in costumes? Do you like to design or build props? If you answered yes, then the performance category may be for you! It is a dramatic portrayal of your topic’s significance in history. It should be scripted based on your research of your topic. Your performance is allowed to feature fictional characters, but they need to be based on historical fact.

Things to Remember:

  • A performance requires the same amount of research as the other categories
  • Your play must be student-produced and you must set up for the performance by yourself
  • Plan ahead! You may want to keep groups small this year. You must follow all social distancing guidelines and preventative actions in your school, county, and state.
  • May not be longer than 10 minutes
  • A process paper and annotated bibliography are required
  • See the Contest Rule Book for the complete set of rules

The Uploading Process (2022 instructions coming soon!)
Please see the 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 Rule Book. The rule book can be found online at



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