Welcome to the Baltimore City History Day

Important Dates & Times


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The 2021 Baltimore City History Day contest will be held virtually March 12-15, 2021.

There are no student interviews for the Baltimore City, Maryland, or National contests this year.

Advancers will be announced Friday, March 19, 2021.


View the results of the 2020 Baltimore City contest


For more details, visit the Contest Information page.

Contest Registration
Students: Click here for registration instructions.

Teachers: Click here for registration instructions.
Judges: Click here for registration instructions.

Baltimore City History Day Students

Welcome students! This page will provide you with information to help you through every step in the NHD process. If you have specific questions, please contact your teacher!


How to Create an NHD Project: A Step-by-Step Guide

2021-Specific Instructions by Project Type


Choosing a Topic

2021 Theme Book - Communication in History

2021 Theme Narrative and Basic Project Requirements

Historical Context Graphic Organizer

DECODE Communication Graphic Organizer


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Topics

Maryland Historical Society Topics 2021 - Communication

Reginald-F.-Lewis-Museum- NHD Topics 2021 - Communication Thinkport-Inquiry-Kit-Topics -NHD 2021 - Communication


Conducting Research

The Research Process, Step-by-Step

Helpful Research Links

Enoch Pratt Library Research Toolkit

NMAACH Resources


Creating an Entry

There are five different types of projects that you can complete for History Day. Documentaries, Exhibits, Performances, and Websites can be done as a group or individually. Papers may only be done individually. Take a look at the guidebooks, rules checklists, and evaluation rubrics for each type of project below to see what you might be interested in. After your work is underway, refer back to these guides to keep you on track.



Exhibit Performance
Documentary Workbook - Guide and Rules

NEW 2020 - NHD Documentary Evaluation
Exhibit Workbook - Guide and Rules

NEW 2020 - NHD Exhibit Evaluation

Performance Workbook - Guide and Rules

NEW 2020 - NHD Performance Evaluation


Paper Website

Paper Workbook - Guide and Rules

NEW 2020 - NHD Paper Evaluation

*New in 2020 Paper Category now also requires a process paper 


Website Workbook - Guide and Rules

NEW 2020 - NHD Website Evaluation

NEW 2020 - NHDWebCentral Revised Instructions

Baltimore City History Day Teachers/Staff

Welcome teachers and school staff! Whether you are a seasoned NHD mentor, or this is your first contest year, this page can provide you with the most important information to help you get started!

Overview Documents and Resources


New to NHD?

Why NHD Works

HELP! I'm a New NHD Teacher: 4-Part Video Series

NEW 2021 -NHD Contest Rulebook

Summary of Significant Rules Changes 2021







2020 NHD Resources

2021 Theme Book - Communication in History

Introduction Video to Theme: Communication in History 

2021 Theme Narrative and Basic Project Requirements

DECODE Communication Graphic Organizer - Fillable PDF

Maryland Humanities NEW 2021 Google Drive Resources 


Baltimore City-Specific Resources

Detailed School-Based Project Time Line

Student Calendar/Tracker Template

Enoch Pratt Library Research Toolkit







Professional Development/Workshops

Maryland Humanities - Classroom Outreach and Professional Development for NHD

Workshop: Writing and Editing for National History Day: https://www.nhd.org/onlineeducation

Baltimore City History Day Judges

Thank you for your time and expertise in dedication to our students! As a judge in the Baltimore City History Day competition, there are many things to consider. This page is designed to help you understand National History Day, the judging process, and specific information relative to the Baltimore City contest.

Please take some time to look through all of the materials carefully. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Monica Whippo and Alex Fleming, Baltimore City contest co-coordinators, at MMWhippo@bcps.k12.md.us and AFleming@bcps.k12.md.us.


This document provides a full overview of the process of judging at History Day. Please review this document very carefully before March 12.
Sample Score Sheets - The sample score sheets linked below reflect the pages you will complete for each project you evaluate. Scoring sheets will be provided for you on the day of the contest. 


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