Michigan History Day (or National
History Day in Michigan) is an educational competition designed to encourage students to explore historical subjects, while
offering a fascinating opportunity to learn through hands-on study. Projects may be from international, national,
state or local history. Its methodology includes extensive primary and secondary source research into a topic
of the student's choice as related to the annual theme. This learning experience includes history/social studies, English
and language arts.
is open to all students Grades 4-12. Students may participate in one of the following categories as an individual or group:
exhibits, documentaries, performances or websites. Research papers may also be done on an individual basis.
As part of our support of
students and teachers for Michigan History Day, the MHD Education team at the Historical Museum of Bay County provides free
classroom visits to help your students on their MHD journey. Beginning in October teachers may begin to schedule
Triumph & Tragedy in
The District event is usually held
in March at the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center in downtown Bay City. Winning students from the district
event will then advance to a State competition held in April.
The District Competition (March 9, 2019) and State Competition (April 27, 2019) will both be held at: Bay City
Central High School, 1624 Columbus Avenue, Bay City.
Directions to Central High School
For more information on Michigan History Day contact:
MHD District 5 Coordinator
Triumph & Tragedy in History Theme Book
Use the links below to find more information on Michigan History Day, National History Day
and a study showing the positive impacts of these programs on students who participate.
Michigan History Day (State Level)
National History Day website
The Bay County Historical Society is proud to be the District 5
coordinating agency, working with Historical Society of Michigan to bring Michigan History Day to local students. District
5 consists of ten counties: Bay, Saginaw, Arenac, Gladwin, Clare, Isabella, Midland, Tuscola, Sanilac and Huron.
History Day 2018-19 Schedule of Events:
Classroom visits: May be scheduled after October
Open House: Historical Museum of Bay County on January 5, 2019 1:00-3:00pm
As per individual schedules; no later than February 22, 2019
Registration Forms: Due no later than February
to coordinators by March 1, 2019
District Event: March 9, 2019
at Bay City Central High School
State Event: April 27, 2019 at Bay City Central High School