Michigan History Day

The 2017 Districts 7, 8 and 10 contest will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Detroit Historical Museum.

Taking a Stand In HistoryMichigan History Day, an affiliate of National History Day sponsored by the Historical Society of Michigan, is a year-long educational program where students in grades 4-12 pick a historic topic related to an annual theme, conduct original research using primary and secondary sources, analyze their findings and draw conclusions about their topics significance in history and create final projects to showcase their work.  The projects, which include papers, documentaries, performances, exhibits and web sites, can be entered in a series of competitions from the local to the national level.

We are proud to support the Michigan History Day program at the local level. During the school year, we provide teachers and students with information and resources on the program. Each March, the Detroit Historical Museum hosts the local competition for students throughout southeastern Michigan.So

Contest Information

Tentative Schedule: 

  • 9:00-9:50 a.m. -- Registration & Exhibit Set up
  • 9:00- 9:50 a.m. -- Judges’ Orientation
  • 9:50 a.m. -- Exhibit Room Closes
  • 10:00 a.m. -- Judging Begins (Due to the size of the contest, we will not have an opening ceremony this year.)
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m. -- Lunch Break
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m. -- Exhibit Rooms open to the public
  • 2:30 p.m. -- Districts 7 & 8 Award Ceremony – Booth Auditorium 
  • 3:15 p.m. -- District 10 Award Ceremony - Booth Auditorium 

Judging Schedule:

This year is the largest contest ever, with 249 participating students with 147 entires. The following judging schedule is not expected to change, but please know that it will not be finalized until the day before the contest. Participants will get their final judging time and location the day of the contest. We are sorry, but we cannot accommodate changes or substitutions in the judging schedule at this point. 

Can my family come with me? 

Your friends and family are welcome to attend with you. Admission to the museum is always free, so there is no charge for them to attend. Please be aware that judging for exhibits, websites and papers is closed to the public, which means they will not be able to be present during your judging time. Documentary and performance judging is open to the public, as long as the audience is quiet and respectful of the students who are being judged.

Where should I park? 

Parking in the Midtown area is limited, and carpooling is encouraged. Parking information is as follows:

  • Detroit Historical Museum Lot: Kirby Street, between Cass and Woodward. Free, but space is limited. First come, first served. 
  • Kirby Street and Cass Street Parking: Metered street parking with a two hour limit. 
  • Wayne State University – Welcome Center Parking Structure: Cass and Putnam Streets (1.5 blocks from museum). Cost: $6.50 - $10.00 for visitors
  • Wayne State University – Palmer Street Parking Structure: Cass and Palmer Streets (3 blocks from museum). Cost: $6.50 - $10.00 for visitors