Manatee History Day

Manatee History Day is the local affiliate of National History Day (NHD), a nationwide contest designed to interest students in history and encourage them to learn about history through primary research. Instead of reading about a historical person or event in a textbook, students are asked to do research in the documents or materials produced during that time period. Students use such things as newspapers, diaries, letters, photographs, government records, and oral history interviews to answer questions about the past. Then, they can choose how they will present their information. Papers, documentaries, exhibit boards, web sites and performances are the five kinds of entries that are accepted for competition. Through research and analysis of their information, students make the past come alive.

2023/2024 School Year

"Turning Points in History"

 

LOCAL COMPETITION INFORMATION

 

Exhibit Board judging will take place in-person at the Manatee County Fairgrounds.

Performance judging will take place in-person at Manatee Village Historical Park.

Historical Paper, Documentary, and Website judging will take place virtually.

 

Are you a teacher or home school parent interested in having your students participate?

  Contact history.day@manateeclerk.com to be placed on contest email list.

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Are you interested in being a judge for MHD?

Contact history.day@manateeclerk.com to notify contest staff of your interest.

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Local Contest Information

Manatee History Day is the local affiliate of the National History Day (NHD) program. Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Turning Points in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.

NHD Theme Information: Click Here

Use the NHD Theme Information to gain a better understanding of this year's theme.

TEACHERS and STUDENTS check out the NHD Theme Book: Click Here

The theme book is an excellent resource for teachers and students who wish to explore specific examples of analyzing historical documents and applying topics to the annual theme.

TEACHERS, please note:

You are not required to host a classroom or school-wide history contest.  Please review your student's projects and each participating teacher should select competition ready projects for MHD.

Participating teachers select up to (but no more than) 10 projects per category.

Paper (Individual Only): Select between 0 and 10 projects
Exhibit Board (Individual): Select between 0 and 10 projects
Exhibit Board (Group): Select between 0 and 10 projects
Website (Individual): Select between 0 and 10 projects
Website (Group): Select between 0 and 10 projects
Documentary (Individual): Select between 0 and 10 projects
Documentary (Group): Select between 0 and 10 projects
Performance (Individual): Select between 0 and 10 projects
Performance (Group): Select between 0 and 10 projects

THESE LIMITS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

 

MHD Zfairs Contest Management System

The Manatee History Day competition will continue using the online contest management system known as Zfairs. 

If you have any questions about MHD Zfairs, Student Accounts, Teacher Accounts, or Judge Accounts, please contact history.day@manateeclerk.com.

MHD Contest Schedule

Below is MHD's contest schedule.  Please note that some dates may be subject to change.

January 29, 2024: Virtual Judging window opens 

February 3, 2024:

Exhibit Board Drop-Off: 9 AM - 4 PM 

Performance Judging: 9 AM 

February 5, 2024: 

Virtual Judging window closes 

Exhibit Board judging: 9:30 AM - Noon

February 10, 2024: 

Exhibit Board Pick-Up: 9 AM - 4 PM

Awards Ceremony: 2 PM 

State Team Meeting: 3 PM 

February 22, 2024: 

Deadline for the State Team to return the Manatee County Participation Form (required) and the Scholarship Request Form (optional): 4 PM

March 27, 2024: 

Deadline for State Team to submit Special Prize applications 

April 9, 2024:

State Team deadline to register for FHD (must have first completed the Manatee County Participation Form by February 22, 2024): 11:59 PM 

State Team deadline to submit all materials to FHD: 11:59 PM 

2nd and 4th Saturdays in March and April

Optional Judge Trainings or Project Review with MHD Coordinators: 10 AM (this will help prepare the State Team for Tallahassee and must be signed up for in advance. Email history.day@manateeclerk.com and request a link)

May 5-7, 2024: Florida History Day state competition in Tallahassee, FL. 

Hotels with special pricing can be found HERE. Some hotels have a reservation block with a closure date before the April 9 registration deadline for Florida History Day. Reference Florida History Fair or FHD for special pricing. Please Note: State Team members are not required to stay in a specific hotel even if that's the one the coordinators are staying at.

 

 

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
Email: history.day@manateeclerk.com

2024 Manatee History Day Winners: 

Junior Group Exhibit

FIRST PLACE:  Invention of the Tractor by Brock Wallace and Maddox Mathews

SECOND PLACE: Pearl Harbor by Beckett Arnold, Dean Janssens and Jonathan Seligenbrunn

THIRD PLACE: The Holocaust by Alivia Davidson and Kaylee Schauer

Junior Individual Exhibit

FIRST PLACE: The Dust Bowl by Georgia Williams

SECOND PLACE: Hurricane Katrina by Weston Weaver

THIRD PLACE:  Innocence Lost - JFK Assassination by Rocco Estigarribia

Senior Group Exhibit

FIRST PLACE: Playing Dirty with the California Dream by Ailani Maximo, Isabella Taillefer, and Moncef Terzi

Junior Group Documentary

FIRST PLACE: The Berlin Wall by Maxwell Bosque and Luke Garrott

Junior Individual Documentary

FIRST PLACE:  The Declaration of Independence by Dillon Miller

Junior  Group Websites

FIRST PLACE: The Civil War by Ty Baker and Grayson Popp

Junior Individual Websites

FIRST PLACE: The Boston Tea Party by Cloey Dunaway

SECOND PLACE: Boats by Joshua Bustle

THIRD PLACE: 9/11: A Turning Point in History by Nolan Lofgren

Special Prize Winners

E Pluribus Unum in History: The Declaration of Independence by Dillon Miller

History of Agriculture and Rural Life: The Dust Bowl by Georgia Williams

History of Technology: Invention of the Tractor by Brock Wallace and Maddox Mathews

History of Immigration: Playing Dirty with the California Dream by Ailani Maximo,  Isabella Taillefer, Moncef Terzi

White House History: Innocence Lost - JFK Assassination by Rocco Estigarribia

World War II History: Pearl Harbor by Beckett Arnold, Dean Janssens, and Jonathan Seligenbrunn