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award winners at the 2017 Virginia History Day competition

the 2020 virginia history day competition will move to a virtual format. please click HERE for more information about the changes and HERE for updated submission guidelines.

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

In keeping with guidance provided by the Governor of Virginia and the National History Day Leadership team, the 2020 Virginia History Day state contest will now move to a virtual format. Please click here for more information about the move to a virtual format and here for updated virtual submission guidelines. 


Learn about the new Virginia History Day registration form.
Find out more about Contest Information
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Learn more about Virginia History Day District Contests
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Virginia History Day District Competitions
Here is a list of possible topics for your 2018 Virginia History Day project.
Find out more about Virginia Topic Suggestions
Congratulations to the Virginia History Day 2019 winners!
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Learn more about Virginia History Day online resources for students.
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Learn more about available Virginia History Day resources for teachers.
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Learn more about Virginia History Day Special Awards.
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Learn more about becoming a judge for Virginia History Day.
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