National History Day 2020

Saint Mary's College of California is proud to host Contra Costa County's National History Day Competion March 7, 2020!


Each student or student group develops a project with a thesis about an historical event or person and then supports it with primary and secondary source documentation.
Students can then present their historical thesis and research in 6 formats:

  1. Historical Paper
  2. Poster
  3. Exhibit
  4. Dramatic Presentation
  5. Documentary Film
  6. Website 

Public, private, and home schooled students in grades 4-12 may participate in History Day.

This years theme is Breaking Barriers in History!


This year special prizes will be awarded to projects of excellence addressing various topics.

Saint Mary's College is currently offering 3 prizes at $50 each for outstanding projects on these topics:

  • Global History
  • Women's and Gender History
  • Ethnic Studies: A People's History

The Museum of San Ramon Valley is offering up to $200 ($100 for each award) in awards to excellent projects on 2 different topics.

  • Environmental History
  • Women's History

The Blackhawk Museum is offering up to $200 ($100 for each award) in awards to excellent projects on 2 different topics.

  • Western History
  • Chinese History

For more information, including teachers toolkits and information on the state finals, vist the Contra Costa County History Day website. 

Event Registration

Registration closes on January 31, 2020.

Lockout date (completion date) for NHD-CCC Papers, Documentaries and Website projects is February 20, 2020.

Register For Contra Costa County History Day


Judge Registration

Judging is now CLOSED!

As a judge, we are asking you to volunteer half of a Saturday (March 7) to use your academic skills and enthusiasm for history to evaluate and encourage 4th-12th grade students’ passion for history.

Your time commitment will be from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm on March 7 at St. Mary's College in Moraga. A breakfast and complimentary lunch is provided. Because of the depth of material involved with judging websites, historical papers and film documentaries, these judges will also have early pre-judging responsibilities beginning around February 22.

  • To better understand the role of an NHD judge, please view this excellent overview of the judging process:  



Give Now!

Donations to Public History will support our National History Day (NHD) partnerships with K-12 schools in Contra Costa County, including our History Mentors program, library research workshops, and the annual Contra Costa NHD competition.

Give Now!