History Day

History Day is now with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

In July 2018 House Bill 1896 transferred management of the Washington History Day program to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction with the Washington State Historical Society remaining a prominent partner. The Washington State Historical Society is excited to continue providing History Day related programming for the 2019 school year.


National History Day is a dynamic program for students in grades 6-12 that encourages them to become historians by fostering research, analysis, and presentation skills. Each year students across Washington State select a topic of interest related to an annual theme. The 2020 theme is “Breaking Barriers in History”. Students work individually or in groups to conduct extensive historical research and create projects that range from documentaries to exhibits, and more. Students may also elect to enter their work in History Day competitions throughout spring semester.

The Washington State Historical Society provides leading-edge educational resources to help educators and students meet and exceed education standards. Our curriculum materials and annual workshops help educators learn how to adopt National History Day in their classrooms. Public programming and mentorship offers students additional support in developing their projects.

For more information about available education materials, please contact Molly Wilmoth at the Washington State Historical Society at or 253-798-5926.

For information about upcoming contests, please contact Hannah Tofte, Washington History Day Coordinator, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction at or (360) 725-6320.

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Watch this video for a brief introduction to History Day