Welcome to the Oregon State History Day Contest

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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.


For Students

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.

Student Resources

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.

For more museums and organizations around the state, visit our Affiliates and Partners page. 

For Judges

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 history.day@ohs.org if you are interested or would like to learn more.

Basic Information

Judging Instructions by Category



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