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?
History Day 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 History Day do much more than memorize facts from a textbook, they develop their abilities in reading, writing, critical thinking, and creative presentation. History Day builds a host of college and career ready skills while inspiring students to strive for excellence. Learn more.
Kids Love History Day!
Watch the video to find out why.
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!
Contest Registration is Open!
Online registration for district and regional competitions is now open! Click here for complete details.
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.
Thank You to our Statewide Partners and Sponsors!
Utah State University in Logan, Roosevelt, and Blanding
Utah Valley University
Weber State University
Charles Redd Center for Western Studies (BYU)
Fort Douglas Military Museum
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: January 9, 2015