• Alameda County History Day

    History Day Competition


    Are you participating in History Day 2022? 

    Teachers or Parent Coaches please register here to be added to the email list and optional webinar attendance on October 19.  (Students do not need to register unless you are the only one from your school and you do not have a teacher/coach for history day)

    Debate and Diplomacy in History

    This year’s theme is:  “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”

    This year’s online History Day will be on March 12, 2021.

    WHAT’S NEW???

    Alameda County History Day Information Webinar Recording  [link: https://youtu.be/9N7u1ZHwv5w ]

    Here is the link to the resources and slides from the webinar. 

    Start your research!  Read the theme overview. * Theme Video and Topic Ideas  

    Follow our step by step guide for completing a history day project.

    New category this year: Podcasts! - Grades 4-12.  Read more about this new category.  

    2022 History Day Info

    HD Check in webinars monthly with Coordinator Rob Darrow. Any teacher, student or parent may check in to discuss your topic, learn about research, strategies or ideas for putting on a History Day contest or completing your HD project. 

    Webinar Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83259861127 

    (2021)  Tuesdays at 4pm:  Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 7 

    (2022) Wednesdays at 4pm:  Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 2  

    2022 History Day Schedule.  [Link to PDF]

    October – December 2021

    • Students pick a topic and start your research! 
    • Tuesday, October 21 (4:00-5:00): Teacher / Parent / Student Webinar. “ Link will be on the website.  Teacher/Parent registration
    • TBD in November:  Research Day: CSU East Bay Library
    • December 10 – Intent to Participate – Teachers Complete Online Form with estimates.

    January – March 2022

    • January 20 – February 4, 2021  – School Contests
    • February 15 – County HD Registration: Students  (includes URL for websites 
    • February 17 – Website portal closed; Papers submitted; Documentaries uploaded. Exhibits uploaded. Posters uploaded. Performance videos submitted.
    • February 17 – March 10 - Judging of entries.  

    March 12, 2022 – Alameda County History Day Online Contest. 

    • Salon Gatherings.  Online viewing and interviews.

    March – June

    • March  – NHD-CA Student Registration
    • May 2021 - NHD-CA  (Time will tell if it will be Online or In Person?)
    • June 2021 - National History Day, University of Maryland, College Park 


    County, State and National History Day Champions



    2022 History Day Key Dates    [Link to PDF]

    More Detailed Information about participating in Alameda County History Day

    Why participate? There is not a better hands-on project based experience for students than creating a history day project. Watch this 3-minute video.

    Then, download one of these teacher’s guides with ready-made lessons for you to use:

     Classroom Teacher’s Guide to History Day Grades 6-12 

    • 10 lessons to use in your history or English classroom including research skills aligned to Common Core and the new California History Social Science Framework

     Classroom Teacher’s Guide to History Day Grades 4-5 

    • 10 lessons to use in your classroom including research skills aligned to Common Core and the new California History Social Science Framework 



    2022 History Day Key Dates    [Link to PDF]

    More Detailed Information about participating in Alameda County History Day.

    Every student in grades 4-12 can do history day! Here’s how:

    First, read the National History Day theme sheet and Google the theme words "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding" to find an interesting topic. 

    Second, choose a topic that fits this year’s history day theme (Breaking Barriers in History). A topic can be almost any person or event in history as long as it fits the theme. Often, a family related topic makes the research even more interesting. Here are some websites to help you think about possible topics:

    Third, do your research and start taking notes about what you are learning. Check out these resources for you.

    Fourth, consult with your teachers, parents, and/or other adults about how to best present your topic (see the various ways you can present your topic below).

    Fifth, sign up for ACOE History Day with your teacher! Individual registration will be available in February.

    Sixth, put your project together with your process paper and annotated bibliography.

    Seventh, read about how your project will be judged and interview questions that may be asked.


    History is more than just dates and facts. It's about thinking critically: examining differing points of view, researching primary resources, developing questions, and analyzing information. It's about interpreting past events and lives to relate them to the present and appreciate how the world came to be as it is, and even more, to envision a better future. 

    The research-based "History Day" program is a program advancing the "six proven civic learning practices" as highlighted by the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. It enables students to examine any topic connected to the year's theme established by National History Day.

    All 4th-12th graders in Alameda County are eligible to enter. Students work individually or in groups to perform extensive primary and secondary source-based research, and demonstrate their findings and analysis by producing a project.

    National History Day is an exciting way for students to learn historical content and develop research, thinking and communication skills, and is open to students in grades 4-12. There are three divisions: 4th/5th; Juniors (Grades 6-8), and Seniors (Grades 9-12)

     Your research can be presented in any of the following ways:

    • Poster (Group or Individual): Grades 4 and 5 only
    • Documentary (individual or group)
    • Exhibit (individual or group)
    • Performance (individual or group)
    • Website (individual or group)
    • Paper (individual only)


  • Contact/Event Information

    Alameda County History Day
    Saturday, March 13, 2021
    Theme: Communication in History: The Key to Understanding 

    Ben Sanders Ben Sanders, Ed.D. 
    Program Manager
    (510) 670-7751
    Rob Rob Darrow
    History Day Coordinator