Welcome to Tennessee History Day!

Tennessee History Day is the state affiliate of the National History Day competition. Six preliminary district competitions take place in West Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, North Middle Tennessee, East Tennessee, Northeast Tennessee, and Southeast Tennessee in February and March culminating with the state level competition in April. State-level winners move on to the National History Day competition in June. History Day is a year-long curriculum enhancement program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics.

Have questions? Email Jennifer C. Core, your state coordinator, at History Day.

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Take a few minutes and watch a video on Tennessee History Day, directed by one of our students, Emma Thompson.



Important Information for 2016

All teachers must register by Fri., Jan. 15, 2016. If your students plan on participating in the district contests, you must have your information in the system by midnight. Click here for a guide to teacher and student registration.

Rule Book. This Rule Book was new for the 2014-15 competition cycle and will continue to be used in the 2015-16 academic year. All past THD teachers and workshop participants will receive a hard copy.

Only the top two finalists in each category in the district contests will advance to the State Competition. The third place medalist will be the alternate.

 

2016 Tennessee History Day Contest Schedule

TN History Day

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DISTRICT CONTESTS

Click on the district name to visit that district's web page.

Registration for all district competitions opens Fri., Jan. 1, 2016.

Note: Papers must be postmarked and/or emailed by student registration deadline. Check with your district coordinator for instructions and address. Websites close for editing on student registration deadline. Documentaries must be uploaded to THD server by student registration deadline.


Northeast Tennessee District (Hosted by East Tennessee State University & Tusculum College)
Coordinator: Dr. Daryl Carter (carterda@etsu.edu)
Graduate Assistant:  Brittany Bales (balesb@goldmail.etsu.edu)
Assistant Coordinator: Dollie Boyd (dboyd@tusculum.edu)
Outreach Coordinator: Wes Greear (wgreear@tusculum.edu)
Teacher Registration Deadline: Fri., Jan. 15, 2016 (midnight)
Student Registration Deadline: Mon., Feb. 1, 2016 (midnight)
Contest Date & Location: Mon., Mar. 7, 2016 at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City

East Tennessee District (Hosted by the East Tennessee Historical Society & UT-Knoxville)
Coordinator: Lisa Oakley (oakley@easttnhistory.org)
Assistant Coordinator: Kendra Owenby (education@easttnhistory.org)
Teacher Registration Deadline: Fri., Jan. 15, 2016 (midnight)
Student Registration Deadline: Mon., Feb. 1, 2016 (midnight)
Contest Date & Location: Fri., Mar. 4, 2016 at the University of Tennessee Conference Center, Knoxville

Southeast Tennessee District (Hosted by the Museum Center at 5ive Points)
Coordinator: Joy Key (jkey@museumcenter.org)
Teacher Registration Deadline: Fri., Jan. 15, 2016 (midnight)
Student Registration Deadline: Mon., Feb., 1, 2016 (midnight)
Contest Date & Location: Thurs., Mar. 3, 2016 at the Museum Center at 5ive Points, Cleveland, Tennessee

North Middle Tennessee District (Hosted by the Department of History, Austin Peay State University)
Coordinators: Dr. Tim Wesley (wesleyt@apsu.edu), Dr. David Rands (randsd@apsu.edu)
Teacher Registration Deadline: Fri., Jan. 15, 2016 (midnight)
Registration Deadline: Wed., Jan. 27, 2016 (midnight)
Contest Date & Location: Tues., Feb. 16, 2016 at APSU, Clarksville

Middle Tennessee District
(Hosted by the Department of History, Middle Tennessee State University)
Coordinator: Dr. Andy Polk (histday@mtsu.edu)
Assistant Coordinator: Laura Darnell (histday@mtsu.edu)
Teacher Registration Deadline: Fri., Jan. 15, 2016 (midnight)
Student Registration Deadline: Mon., Feb., 1, 2016 (midnight)
Contest Date & Location: Fri., Feb. 19, 2016 at MTSU, Murfreesboro

West Tennessee District (Hosted by the Department of History, University of Memphis)
Coordinator: Dr. Susan O’Donovan (odonovan@memphis.edu)
Assistant Coordinator: Ashley Foley Dabbraccio (fdbbrcco@memphis.edu)
Teacher Registration Deadline: Fri., Jan. 15, 2016 (midnight)
Student Registration Deadline: Mon., Feb., 1, 2016 (midnight)
Contest Date & Location: Sat., Feb. 27, 2016 at the University of Memphis

STATE CONTEST

State Competition (Hosted by the Tennessee Historical Society)
Coordinator: Jennifer C. Core (historyday@tennesseehistory.org)
Registration Deadline: Fri., Mar. 18, 2016
Contest Date & Location: Sat., Apr. 9, 2016 at War Memorial Auditorium, Tennessee Tower, Legislative Plaza, and Nashville Public Library in Nashville

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY

National Competition (Hosted by National History Day)
Coordinator: Jennifer C. Core (historyday@tennesseehistory.org)
Student Registration Deadline: May 17, 2016
Contest Date & Location: Sun., June 12-Thurs., June 16, 2016, College Park, MD

 
Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History



Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History
is the theme for the 2016 National History Day competition.

To read an explanation of the Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History theme, click here.

For the full National History Day themebook for Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History, click here.

For a list of possible topics relating to Tennessee history, click here.

 
 
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