Welcome to the Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau) Regional Contest

Important Dates & Times

Friday March 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM


Welcome to the Southeast Missouri History Day official site!


See the History Day contest results here: HD21 Regional Contest Results.pdf

See livestream of awards ceremony on the Southeast History Day Facebook page here: https://fb.me/e/osa2SIpi3

For students advancing to state: 

  • Your registration must be completed in the state system by April 8. 
  • Use your same user name and password to access, revise, and upload your materials. 
  • Review regional contest judges' evaluation comments so you know what areas to improve upon.
  • No matter your category and division, be sure to format your project according to the specs in this guide - Virtual-Contest-Project-Guides-2020-21.pdf


Helpful Tips & Resources for Future Contests:


1. Research: with more emphasis in the new evaluation forms on wide research, students are encouraged to seek primary sources from digital archives like Library of Congress, presidential libraries, and other digitized collections. Find secondary sources in scholarly books and articles. Encyclopedias are a good place to start, but are considered a reference source and should not end up in your final product.

2. The annotated bibliography: this is a key component of your project. Write your annotations thoughtfully,  divide primary and secondary sources, and only cite materials that informed your project.

3. Citations to primary sources must include the original date of publication. See this guide on proper citation formatting: https://www.loc.gov/programs/teachers/getting-started-with-primary-sources/citing/chicago/

Ex.: The Stars and Stripes, “Services Plan to Aid Returned Men in Securing Jobs.” Dec. 13, 1918. From Library of Congress. www.loc.gov/resource/20001931/1918-12-13/ed-1 (accessed Feb. 10, 2012).

4. Exhiit Template - If you created an exhibit for HD21 and are advancing to state, you must use the virtual contest required exhibit template.


 awards ceremony.png

_ December 20 HD Newsletter.pdf - see showcase of special prize winners from 2020 and interview with Historic Preservationist Dr. Steven Hoffman

Southeast History Day November Newsletter_1.pdf


Newsletter - Southeast History Day Oct. 20.pdf

National History Day has compiled resources for your History Day project. They can be found here: https://www.nhd.org/student-resources

For local or regional topics, check out:

State Historical Society of Missouri - Historic Missourians

Missouri Encyclopedia

Southeast History Day on Facebook - features regional history topics blog relating to annual theme

Checklists for each project type:






New video resources from NHD as of 10-1-20:

How to Use Google Books

Smart Searching  

Smart Searching the Library of Congress  

Library of Congress Online Resources  

Printable/downloadable checklists for student use:






choosing your topic worksheet.pdf

researching your topic worksheet.pdf

research strategy worksheet.pdf

choosing good images worksheet.pdf

Glogster - a site for creating virtual exhibits

New resources from NHD as of 10-1-20

Posted on: https://www.nhd.org/themebook

·         2021 NHD Theme Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=278B5ET8Npg&feature=emb_logo

·         2021 Theme Graphic Organizer Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-7K_CnPsoQ&feature=emb_logo


Teacher Resources: (above videos plus) https://www.nhd.org/teacher-resources (Click “Help, I’m a New NHD Teacher” Videos)

·         Part 1: Getting Started - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9adWpWVcQO0&feature=emb_logo

·         Part 2: Theme  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y2vJtQCf8o&feature=emb_logo

Judging will take place in teams between Feb. 24-March 10. 

Here you will find the recording from our judge training session. If you are a veteran judge, please review from the 10-minute mark for a briefing on the new rule book and updated criteria for your assigned category.  

Contest Rule book: NHDRuleBook2021Digital_1.pdf

Evaluating Projects: This year we will submit one evaluation per project with at least three constructive comments in the z-fairs portal. See forms below.

In-house evaluation forms - these are ediatble Word docs that judges may opt to use for evaluation and ranking purposes but will not be returned to teachers Evaluation forms - editable_1.docx

Official Evaluation forms - these are what the forms look like for team captains to submit evaluations: HD21 Eval Forms_all.pdf

Once you receive your team and assignment, select the correct checklists by cateogry below. Refer to these guidelines when assessing your projects.


Expectations of History Day judges: Judging for History Day is a rewarding experience. By volunteering your time, you are creating an opportunity for thousands of students to showcase their efforts. In a virtual contest, many of the expectations of judging are the same as in-person. Virtual Judging is a 5-8 hour commitment, over the course of approximately 14 days.
As a judge, you will:

  • Sign up in advance on this website.
  • Attend a judge orientation video and review training materials.
  • Work with a judge team to review and rank projects.
  • Select the strongest projects to advance to the Missouri Virtual State History Day contest.
  • Provide feedback about each project you view on evaluation forms submitted via the online portal.

As a judge, you are responsible to: 

  • Let us know as soon as possible if your schedule changes and you are unable to judge.
  • Pay careful attention so you can evaluate well. Students have worked for months on their projects and are looking forward to this opportunity to share their work.
  • Alert History Day staff to any conflicts of interest, including students you know personally or schools with which you have close relationships.
  • Set aside personal bias for or against topics. Judge each project based on the merits of the information that the student presents.
  • Let the History Day staff know right away if there are problems. We are here to help! 


We appreciate your time and will do our best to make this experience rewarding for everyone involved!



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