Manatee History Day


2025 Theme:
"Rights and Responsibilities in History"

Have questions or want to get started? Email or call 941-749-7165.

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About Manatee History Day 

Manatee History Day is the local affiliate of Florida History Day (FHD) and National History Day (NHD), a nationwide thematic contest, like the science fair, that reinforces the importance of writing skills, critical thinking, use of credible sources, and other methods to prepare students for high school or college. Students can choose between submitting a paper, documentary, exhibit board, website, or a performance. The best of these projects are recommended to compete at the state contest in Tallahassee with the possibility of competing at the national level in Maryland.


Teacher and Student Resources 

If you have trouble, the following resources can also be found at

Getting Started

Research Resources

Putting Your Project Together 

Registering and Submitting Your Project 

  • Judge Evaluation Forms 

  • Z Fairs Registration Instructions (Students) (Teachers) (Judges) - WILL BE UPDATED SOON

State Team Helpful Resources

Teacher Responsibilities 

You can add History Day as an assignment on your syllabus or hold a classroom or school-wide contest. You may also have a student approach you about being a sponsor and not including it in your classroom at all.

No matter how you choose to incorporate the program, you are required to register on Zfairs for the program before your student(s) will be able to do so (instructions in next section).

Please review your student's projects and select up to 10 projects per category below.

  • Paper (Individual Only)
  • Exhibit Board (Individual)
  • Exhibit Board (Group)
  • Website (Individual)
  • Website (Group)
  • Documentary (Individual)
  • Documentary (Group)
  • Performance (Individual)
  • Performance (Group)
MHD Zfairs Contest Management System

The Manatee History Day competition utilizes the Zfairs online contest management system.

Please note that students cannot register until their teacher does. Registration instructions will be posted here when available.

If you have any questions about MHD Zfairs, Student Accounts, Teacher Accounts, or Judge Accounts, please contact

Volunteering as a Judge

Judge Registration

Please note: Judges must be a registered volunteer with the Manatee Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller's Office which requires a background check. 

Judge registration is through our contest management program, ZFairs, and will be open in October 2024.  Judges must be registered on ZFairs and have their volunteer paperwork (which will be sent to you) completed and returned by 11:59 PM on January 19, 2025 to participate. If you'd like to be added to our communications list about judging registration, please email or you can follow us on Instagram or Facebook

Judge Training 

Judge Training is mandatory for this program. There are two options: in-person and virtual.

In-person training will be held at Manatee Village Historical Park on Saturday, January 25 from 10 AM to 11 AM.

Virtual training is available upon request. All virtual training requests must be made by Friday, January 24 at noon and all materials must be completed and the virtual training survey completed by 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 26. This is to ensure enough time to process volunteer applications. We cannot extend or make exceptions to these deadlines. 

MHD Contest Schedule

Below is MHD's contest schedule.  Please note that some dates may be subject to change and no exceptions to these deadlines will be accepted.

August 12, 2024: Student and Teacher Registration Opens (students cannot register until their teacher does)

October 15, 2024: Judge Registration Opens 

December 15, 2024: Teacher Registration Closes 

January 19, 2025: 

Student Projects Due and Registration Closes
Judge Registration Closes 

January 25, 2025: In-Person Judge Training (held at Manatee Village Historical Park) 

January 26, 2025: Deadline to complete virtual Judge Training and survey (virtual training must be requested in advance) 

January 27, 2025: Virtual Judging Opens 

February 1, 2025: 

Exhibit Board Drop Off (at Manatee Village 9 AM - 4 PM) 
Performance Judging (at Manatee Village 9:30 AM - Noon) 

February 2, 2025: Virtual Judging Closes

February 3, 2025: Exhibit Board Judging (at Manatee Village 9:30 AM - 2 PM) 

February 4, 2025: Special Prize Judging (at Manatee Village 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM) 

February 8, 2025: 

Exhibit Board Pick-Up (at Manatee Village 9 AM - 4 PM)
Awards Ceremony: (at Manatee Village 2 PM) 
State Team Meeting: (at Manatee Village 3 PM) 

February 12, 2025: Deadline to pickup Exhibit Boards - any left after this will be disposed of

February 23, 2025: 

Deadline for the State Team to return the Manatee County Participation Form and Photo/Video Release (both required to be filled out - there is an option to not give permission for Photo/Video Release)

TBD, 2025: Deadline for State Team to submit Special Prize applications 

TBD, 2025: State Team deadline to register and submit their projects to FHD (must have first completed the Manatee County Participation Form by February 23, 2025) 

March 8 & 22, 2025: Optional Judge Practice or Project Review with coordinators (must RSVP in advance)

April 12 & 26, 2025: Optional Judge Practice or Project Review with coordinators (must RSVP in advance)

TBD, 2025: Florida History Day state competition in Tallahassee, FL. 

Hotels with special pricing will be posted HERE when available. Some hotels have a reservation block with a closure date before the  registration deadline for Florida History Day. Reference Florida History Fair or FHD for special pricing. State Team members are not required to stay in a specific hotel. 



Contact Manatee History Day
Supervisor: Morgan Lane
Supervisor Title: Education and Engagement Coordinator
Mailing Address
Attn: Manatee History Day
Manatee Village Historical Park
1404 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Physical Address