Important Dates & Times

Thursday January 03, 2019 at 5:20 AM
Thursday February 07, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Saturday March 02, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Saturday March 02, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Saturday March 02, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Saturday March 02, 2019 at 12:00 PM

For contest rules, please visit the National History Day website,

history-cals-c-rgb.jpgThe History Department of UA Little Rock has proudly hosted History Day competitions for over 20 years. We are looking forward to seeing your research this year.

Public Display

Students, teachers, parents and other visitors my watch documentaries and performances, and walk through the exhibit hall when interviews are not taking place. For the exhibit hall, this is generally after 12:30pm and before 9am. No spectators may be present during the interview process.

What to Expect During the Contest

• Students will receive their registration information and interview/performance/documentary times in the week prior to the competition. There is no need to register on Saturday morning, but students can check in at the registration desk to confirm their locations and times. Registration will open at 8:15am in the foyer of the Donaghey Student Center.

• The library will be open, but food services on campus will not be open until 11am or noon. There are several convenient fast food options across the street on University Avenue. 

• Students with exhibits must have their projects set up in the exhibit hall by 9am. At 9:00, the exhibit hall will be cleared of everyone except for the judges so that they can look at the projects before interviews begin at 10:00am. The exhibit hall will open for public viewing as soon as judging is complete. All projects need to be picked up by 3:30pm. Those not picked up will not be saved.

• Parents and spectators may watch the documentaries and performances, but audience members must leave the rooms prior to the interview questions. Exhibit, website and paper interviews do not have audiences either.

• In the event that runoff competitions are needed in any category, students will not be interviewed. A different set of runoff judges will view projects, process papers and bibliographies to determine which projects will advance to state.

• The awards ceremony will be held in the Dickinson Hall auditorium at 2pm.





Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

Judging Criteria

Historical Quality (60%)

  • Historical accuracy
  • Historical context
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Use of available primary sources
  • Wide research
  • Balanced research

Relation to Theme (20%)

  • Clearly relates to theme
  • Demonstrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions

Clarity of Presentation (20%)

  • Presentation, written materials are original, clear, appropriate, organized and articulate
  • Entry is organized; visual impact is appropriate to topic


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