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Virginia History Day

Virginia History Day is a history competition for students grades six through twelve. To qualify for the state competition, students must place first or second in their category and age division at one of eight district-level competitions held throughout Virginia. The top two entries in each category and age division at the state level will compete at the National History Day finals.

What Is Virginia History Day?

Virginia History Day is conducted in conjunction with the National History Day Contest. The first round of competition is held in the eight districts of Virginia. The top two entries in each category and age division at the district competition qualify for the state contest.  Virginia History Day took place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Virginia Historical Society.  View the Virginia History Day 2017 Photo Album on Facebook.

How Does It Work? 

Students in grades six through eight (6-8) are assigned to the Junior Division, students in grades nine through twelve (9-12) are assigned to the Senior Division. In each division, students may compete in any one of nine categories either as an individual or in a group:

  • Individual Documentary 
  • Group Documentary
  • ​Individual Exhibit
  • Group Exhibit
  • Individual Historical Paper
  • Individual Performance
  • Group Performance
  • Group Websites
  • Individual Website

The top two entries in each category and age division at the state competition qualify for the national contest, which will be held this summer.

Competition Theme

The theme of the National History Day 2018 is Conflict & Compromise in History. Students are encouraged to examine their topic's influence on history and draw conclusions about the ways in which their topic had an impact on the course of events and on individuals, communities, nations, or the world. Students and teachers are encouraged to remember local history and local resources when selecting topics. Download the 2018 National History Day Theme Book.

Location: Virginia Historical Society

The Virginia Historical Society is located in Richmond, Virginia and is approximately 110 miles south of Washington, DC, VA via I-95. It is approximately 10 miles from the Richmond International Airport.  Learn more about the Virginia Historical Society.

Bill Obrochta

William B. Obrochta, Manager of Educational Services

For more information on Virginia History Day, contact me at wobrochta@vahistorical.org. You can also follow Virginia History Day on Facebook and Twitter.


Congratulations to the Virginia History Day 2017 winners!
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