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Manatee County History Fair

Please note: We've Changed Our Name! Manatee County History Fair is now Manatee History Day!

Manatee History Day is the local affiliate of the National History Day (NHD) program. Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Conflict & Compromise in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.

NHD Theme Information:

Use this link to gain a better understanding of this year's theme

TEACHERS: The 2018 Theme Book can be found here: 

Excellent resource for teachers and students who wish to explore specific examples of analyzing historical documents and applying topics to the annual theme.  

Local Contest Information:  MCHF local competition information.pdf   

Local Human Resources for Manatee History Day: Local Human Resources

MHD Student Workshops

December 1, 2017 - Online Contest Registration Opens for Teachers

Limit of 10 entries per category per category This means that “Teacher X” can register up to:

 - 10 individual exhibit boards & 10 group exhibit boards

 - 10 individual websites & 10 group websites

 - 10 individual documentaries & 10 group documentaries

 - 10 individual performances & 10 group performances

 - 10 historical papers (This historical paper category is only open to individuals.)

THESE LIMITS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. Please note: Middle School and High School students may participate as individuals or in groups of up to 5 students. They are also eligible to move up in the competition to the State and National levels. Fourth and fifth grade elementary school students may participate as part of a class project and are not eligible to advance past the local competition level. Unfortunately, we cannot accept individual and small group projects from elementary school competitors. 

For teacher log-in information please e-mail

January 26, 2018  -   Online Registration Closes

No late registrations will be accepted. THIS DEADLINE WILL NOT BE EXTENDED. Teachers must complete registration for all entries or the project cannot be judged.

Historical Papers Due at Manatee Village Historical Park or PAPERS SUBMITTED AFTER THIS DATE CANNOT BE JUDGED.

Historical Websites Due, no changes are allowed after this date. NHD Weebly URL’s are required as part of the electronic registration process and IF NOT INCLUDED BY THIS DATE, THE ENTRY CANNOT BE JUDGED.

February 10, 2018 - Documentary and Performance Judging at Manatee Village Historical Park

Students will be given an appointment time to present their documentary to a panel of judges. They must be present for their appointment and bring three (3) copies of their bibliographies and process papers. 

February 13, 2018 - Exhibit Board Drop-off location and time TBD 

February 15, 2018 - Entry Pick-up location and time TBD 

Awards Ceremony location and time TBD 

Please be advised: Entries for state team are selected from each category based on entry content, subject matter, and research conducted. Winning 1st or 2nd place does not guarantee selection to move on to the next level of competition.

State Team Meeting location and time TBD immediately following the Awards Ceremony

Mid-March -

Florida History Day Registrations, Special Prize Nominations, and Historical Papers due to State Office. Website entries locked for State Judging.

May 6 - 8, 2018 - Florida History Day competition in Tallahassee, FL 

June 10-14, 2018 - National History Day Competition in College Park, MD    

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