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Michigan History Day

Michigan History Day (or National History Day in Michigan) is an educational competition designed to encourage students in grades 4-12 to explore historical subjects related to a broad annual theme.  This program allows students the opportunity to learn history in a self-directed hands-on format.  Students choose a topic based on the annual theme and create a project in one of nine catagories: an individual paper, as well as an individual or group exhibit, performance, web page or documentary.  Students who participate in MHD gain not only knowledge but research and research skills that will help them throughout life. The process of creating and then presenting their project to judges and peers allows them to develop necessary public speaking skills and helps to build self-esteem.

Michigan History Day's ultimate goal is to kindle an appreciation of the past among students of today.  The motto of History Day says it all:

It's not just a day,    it's an experience!


2015 Theme

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Leadership & Legacy in History

The District event is usually held in March at the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center in downtown Bay City.  Winning students from the district event will then advance to a State competition held in April.

For more information on Michigan History Day contact:

Corrine Bloomfield
Curator of Exhibits and Education
MHD District 5 Coordinator
(989) 893-5733


Use the links below to find more information on Michigan History Day, National History Day and a study showing the positive impacts of these programs on students who participate. 

Michigan History Day (State Level)

National History Day website

District 5

The Bay County Historical Society is proud to be the District 5 coordinating agency, working with Historical Society of Michigan to bring Michigan History Day to local students.  District 5 consists of ten counties: Bay, Saginaw, Arenac, Gladwin, Clare, Isabella, Midland, Tuscola, Sanilac and Huron.

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