Manatee History Day

Manatee History Day is the local affiliate of National History Day (NHD), a nationwide contest designed to interest students in history and encourage them to learn about history through primary research. Instead of reading about a historical person or event in a textbook, students are asked to do research in the documents or materials produced during that time period. Students use such things as newspapers, diaries, letters, photographs, government records, and oral history interviews to answer questions about the past. Then, they can choose how they will present their information. Papers, documentaries, exhibit boards, web sites and performances are the five kinds of entries that are accepted for competition. Through research and analysis of their information, students make the past come alive.

Need guidance on your History Day project? Join us for History Day Club from 6:00pm - 7:30pm*** at the Manatee County Public Library, 1301 1st Ave W, Bradenton on the following dates:

  • August 22, 2018 - Introduction/Theme
  • September 12, 2018 - Topics/Research Question
  • October 10, 2018 - Research/Organization
  • November 14, 2018 - Research/Bibliographies
  • December 12, 2018 - Research/Thesis/Project Design
  • January 9, 2019 - Final Preparations

*** Students must be picked up or have a guardian with them no later than 7:40pm. The library closes promptly at 8:00pm.

Please note: We've Changed Our Name! Manatee 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an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.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 and STUDENTS: The 2019 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: MHD local competition information 2018.

Local Human Resources for Manatee History Day: Local Human Resources

December 1, 2018 - 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 (The 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 22, 2019 - 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 09, 2019 - 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 12, 2019 - Exhibit Board Drop-off

Please drop at Manatee County Fair Grounds from 3:00pm - 8:00pm in the 1st Manatee Bank Exhibit Building. Anyone can bring the exhibit board for the student. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL NE ACCEPTED.

February 14, 2019 - Entry Pick-up

Entry Pick-up at Manatee County Fair Grounds from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. Any boards not picked up will be discarded.

Awards Ceremony (location TBD) from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. The award winners will be announced on this page and emailed to teachers by 1pm.

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 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 5 - 7, 2019 - Florida History Day

competition in Tallahassee, FL

June 09-13, 2019 - National History Day Competition

in College Park, MD

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Contact Manatee History Day
Supervisor: Melissa Porter
Supervisor Title: Education Coordinator
Mailing Address
Attn: Manatee History Day
Manatee Village Historical Park
1404 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Physical Address