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award winners at the 2017 Virginia History Day competition

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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2020 Competition Theme

The theme of the National History Day 2020 is Breaking Barriers 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 2020 National History Day Theme Book.


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), two 1-hour interactive webinars for teachers, JSTOR access, digital teaching and contest materials, and enter to win the Virginia History Day Cup.

2020 Virginia History Day Location

Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2020
Virginia Museum of History & Culture

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture 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 Museum of History & Culture.

Due to the growth of the program, the state contest will be held over two days this year. The Elementary and Junior Divisions will compete on April 25th and the Senior Division will compete on April 26th. Both days of the competition will be held at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.  

Learn about the new Virginia History Day registration form.
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Congratulations to the Virginia History Day 2019 winners!
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Here is a list of possible topics for your 2018 Virginia History Day project.
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Learn more about becoming a judge for Virginia History Day.
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