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These projects have been made available as examples by former History Day students. The project samples provided below performed well at the state and national contests in past years. While some of the rules have changed since the creation of these projects, they serve as examples for the various project formats used in the History Day program.

The following project samples have been made available solely for educational purposes and cannot be duplicated.

For more information about the use of this material, please contact Molly Wilmoth at the Washington State Historical Society at molly.wilmoth@wshs.wa.gov or 253-798-5926.

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Junior Projects

Group Documentary

Apollo 11: Bringing Space Into Reach
1st at State

Galloping Gertie: The Collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
2nd at Nationals

The Great Seattle Fire: Phoenix of the NW
1st at Nationals

Individual Documentary

Triumph from the Ashes of the Triangle Tragedy: Women’s Wear, Women’s Work, Women’s Will
8th at Nationals

Water, Words, and Wars: The Aswan High Dam
7th at Nationals

Paper

17 Years: Developing the United States Coinage System
1st at Nationals

Classroom Assimilation: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Indian Boarding Schools
1st at State

The Trans Alaska Pipeline: A Struggle for Balance
2nd at Nationals

Performance

The Pony Express: Bringing the West Coast Out of Communication Isolation
1st at State

Website

The Freedom of Information Act: Balancing Rights and Responsibilities of Handling Government Information
1st at State

Senior Projects

Group Documentary

Henry “Scoop” Jackson: Balancing Conservation and Economic Growth Through the National Environmental Policy Act
2009 National Contestant

Individual Documentary

Roosevelt and the Rise of the Radio
2nd at Nationals

J. Harlen Bretz and the Great Missoula Flood: An Individual and His Radical Geologic Theory
13th at 2009 Nationals

Pablo Picasso: A Legacy of Innovation
2nd at State, 2009 National Contestant

The Final Frontier: Star Trek, An Innovation
2nd at State, 11th at 2010 Nationals

Blood Plasma: Dr. Charles Drew’s Innovation and Its Impact on Trauma Medicine
1st at State, 2nd at Nationals

Exhibit

Men of the Civilian Conservation Corps: Improving the Nation While Improving Themselves
1st at State

Paper

Saving the Dust Bowl: “Big Hugh” Bennett’s Triumph over Tragedy
1st at Nationals

Performance

The Actions and Legacies of Elizabeth the First: The Woman Who Gave Birth to an Empire
11th at 2009 Nationals

Website

Check back soon for additional examples of websites after the 2020 National History Day contest.