Important Dates & Times

Wednesday January 01, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Saturday February 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Saturday February 29, 2020 at 2:30 PM
Saturday February 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Contest Expectations

Exhibit, website, and paper judging is closed to the public. 

We will only announce final rounds for Documentary and Performance categories. All other categories (website, paper and exhibit) final rounds will be judged without students present. 

For full rules, see the National History Day Rule Book.

National History Day in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Regional

National History Day and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have been active partners for many years. Students from across the region and the city of Milwaukee utilize the resources in the archives explore the local past. UWM students, faculty, and community members support the program in many ways, including consultation and judging of the students’ exemplary efforts. UWM and the many schools participating in National History take pride in fostering research skills in the humanities and helping the next generation use their own unique voices to share their perspectives of people, events, and ideas.

What to Expect During the Contest?

Are you ready to compete? Don't be nervous! It is meant to be a fun opportunity for you to share your hard work with others. Judges are excited to view your work and want to hear from you!

So you don't forget anything, check our checklist to make sure you are prepared!



Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

Judge Criteria


  • 60% — Historical Quality
    • Accuracy
    • Interpret and analyze
    • Place in historical context
    • Shows wide research
    • Strong thesis
    • Balanced—multiple viewpoints
    • Available primary sources used
  • 20% — Relation to Theme
    • Use triumph AND tragedy
    • Demonstrate why topic is significant in history
  • 20% — Clarity of Presentation
    • Use of visual images
    • Process paper and bibliography clearly organized
  • 0% — Quality of Interview
    • Interview is meant for students to share more about their process/research
    • Projects stand alone; extra content can give a competitive advantage. They can share, but you can’t judge what they say over what they completed.




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