Michigan History Day

Michigan History Day

Michigan History Day moves to WMU

Michigan History Day is a competition for students in grades 4 through 12 that offers an exciting means for students to learn history. Students, working as groups or individuals, prepare exhibits, media, projects, dramatic performances, or historical papers that explore a broad theme set each year by the National History Day contest.

Western Michigan University will host the southwest Michigan District #6 competition of the Michigan History Day Contest for the first time on March 7, 2015 in the Bernhard Center.

The 2015 theme is Leadership and Legacy in History.


Registration deadline for the competition is in mid-February. Information for teachers, parents, and students is available in early September from either of the district co-coordinators Dr. Bill Warren or Dr. James Cousins as well as on this website. Registration forms are due February 10 for all entries. Historical papers must be submitted in hard copy by February 10, 2015 to provide sufficient time for the judges to read them. Registration forms, contest rules, and other information will be available on this website in the near future.

The southwest Michigan District #6 includes Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Hillsdale, Jackson, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. Qualifying entries at the district level may compete at the state finals in late April. Qualifiers at that level are eligible to enter the National History Day contest in early June at the University of Maryland.

For additional information about the contest, please visit the Historical Society of Michigan website at www.hsmichigan.org and the National History Day website at www.nationalhistoryday.org.

As a teacher, considering participation with your students, please read the attached "Meet the Common Core Standards Through NHD" to see the benefits of this endeavor. (Printable highres pdf document) The rule book is effective for the 2014-15 year.

Teachers continuing to work with students in the competition, will be interested in the rule changes for 2015, announced in August 2014.

More information will be posted on this page as it becomes available in September.
The department of History looks forward to hosting this event.


Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
(269) 387-4650 | (269) 387-4651 Fax