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All vhd contests for the 2021 season, including district and state contests, will be held virtually. all students must follow the guidelines linked here when creating and submitting projects. 

Virginia History Day is a history competition for students grades four 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. 

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2021 Competition Theme

The theme of the National History Day 2021 is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. 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 2021 National History Day Theme Book, the 2021 Contest Rule Book and the 2021 Theme Graphic Organizer


Whether students compete outside the classroom or not, teachers can benefit from registering for Virginia History Day. Complete this quick form to receive a free 1-hour Skype session with your class ($75 value), digital teaching and contest materials, addition to our VHD mailing list, and eligibility to win the Virginia History Day Cup.

vhd coordinator office hours

Join VHD Coordinator Sam Florer to chat about any issue or question you might have about the program. Sam will be available every Tuesday from 3:00-5:00 to meet with teachers, parents, or students for 30 minute virtual meetings. To schedule a meeting, click here. If that time doesn't work for you, feel free to email Sam at 

2021 state contest dates

The 2021 VHD State Contest will be held virtually with the following dates and deadlines. To learn more details, please visit the Contest Information page. 

  • Registration Deadline  - Monday, April 12th 

  • Project Submission Deadline - Friday, April 16th 

  • Judging Window - Tuesday, April 20th - Wednesday, April 28th 

  • Student Interviews - Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th 

  • Results Released - Monday, May 3rd

Learn about the new Virginia History Day registration form.
Find out more about Contest Information
Learn more about Virginia History Day District Contests
Find out more about District Contests
Congratulations to the Virginia History Day 2020 winners!
Find out more about Virginia History Day 2020 Winners
Here is a list of possible topics for your Virginia History Day project.
Find out more about Topic Suggestions
Learn more about available Virginia History Day resources for teachers.
Find out more about Teacher Resources
Learn more about Virginia History Day Special Awards.
Find out more about Special Awards
Learn more about becoming a judge for Virginia History Day.
Find out more about Judge Information