Governor Gary L. Herbert, surrounded by students and supporters, signs legislation to give Utah History Day a new home at the Utah Division of State History. May 16, 2014
Welcome to Utah History Day!
Formerly called Utah History Fair, this program has operated continuously in Utah since 1981 as the state's National History Day affiliate. Last year, more than 4,000 students in grades 4-12 from across the state participated in History Day, learning how to conduct real historical research and create a final project that showcases their work. Students then compete in a series of contests beginning at the school or district level and advancing through regional and state competitions. The top entries qualify to compete at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C., each June.
Why History Day?
NHD brings history to life for students as they discover the past by pursuing their own interests, conducting their own research, and drawing reasoned conclusions based on historical evidence. Students who participate in NHD do much more than memorize facts, they develop their abilities in reading, writing, critical thinking, and creative presentation. NHD builds a host of college and career ready skills while inspiring students to strive for excellence. Learn more.
Utah History Day is operated by the Utah Division of State History at the historic Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City, home of the State History Research Center and Collections, the Utah State Archives, the Utah Historical Quarterly, and the Utah Historical Society. We appreciate your excitement, commitment, and passion for this program!
Salt Lake Area Teachers - Stand Up and Be Counted!
Do you teach in Salt Lake, Tooele, or Summit County? Do you have students participating in History Day this year? We need to hear from you! Please complete this quick Participation Survey to help us plan for the Salt Lake Regional contest. This is for greater Salt Lake area teachers only. Responses due by December 19. Thank you!
Who Can Participate?
Utah History Day is open to all students in grades 4-12. Children attending public, private, parochial, charter, online, and home schools are all welcome! There are no entry fees charged for the regional or state competitions.
Utah History Day on KBYU Eleven Community Connection
Utah History Day is honored to appear on KBYU Eleven Community Connection. Click here to see the interview and learn more about this amazing program!
Questions? Contact Us!
State Coordinator: Wendy Rex-Atzet, Ph.D.
Division of State History
300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Last Updated: December 4, 2014