Welcome to Oregon History Day!
Each fall, Oregon Historical Society kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside half a million students in grades 6-12 across the country. Education Manager Kristen Pilgrim works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project and Oregon Encyclopedia to conduct research on the annual theme.
The 2019 National History Day® theme is Triumph and Tragedy. Students create their project in one of five categories: paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary. Students can work individually or as a group.
Check out all of the ins and outs of participating in History Day. Resources include downloadable documents and website links that will help you choose, create, and compete with your project.
Oregon State History Research
Get a start with these helpful resources.
Oregon Museums and Cultural Centers
Oregon is home to dozens of museums and historical societies throughout the state, many of which offer research facilities and help. Here are some to get you started, including one in Washington.
- Oregon Museums Association - List of Oregon Museums
- Clatsop County Historical Society, Astoria
- Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, The Dalles
- Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria
- Deschutes County Historical Society, Bend
- Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, WA
- The Museum At Warm Springs, Warm Springs
- The Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Eugene
- Oregon Historical Society, Portland
- Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Portland
- Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Portland
- Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Baker City
- Southern Oregon Historical Society, Medford
- Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton
For more museums and organizations around the state, visit our Affiliates and Partners page.
Prepare your students for History Day by using the documents and links compiled here for easy reference.
History Day Basics
History Day in the Classroom
History Day Research Help
Calling Judges for Oregon History Day
Judges are needed at the Oregon History Day competition. Judges evaluate the students' entries and provide the positive and constructive feedback essential to the learning process.
The Oregon History Day contest will be held on Saturday, May 5 at Concordia University in Portland. Oregon Historical Society is looking for historians, educators, and others to judge student projects at this year’s contest.
Students in 6th through 12th grades conduct extensive research on topics related to an annual theme and present their findings in historical papers, exhibits, documentaries, performances, and websites. This year, the theme is Conflict and Compromise.
Evaluation and discussion with your fellow judges will be an all-day affair. An orientation session will be held in the morning prior to judging student projects. In return for your time and effort, we offer free parking and lunch, endless gratitude, and a positive perspective on Oregon youth.
We need judges, so please join us and feel free to pass this invitation on to others! Please email email@example.com if you are interested or would like to learn more.
Judging Instructions by Category