Welcome to the Minnesota State History Day

Important Dates & Times

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IMPORTANT UPDATE

State History Day 2020 will be a virtual competition. 

April 8: Updated Virtual State Contest Information, Registration, and Material Upload Instructions.

UPDATED STATE HISTORY DAY TIMELINE

  • Websites, March 31: State Qualifiers announced for Virtual Regional participants. Within a few days, students that advance to State from Regionals will be sent an automatically generated email from Z-Fairs to register by the deadline. Students will then log in and confirm or change information and apply for Topical Prizes.
  • Exhibit, Documentary, Performance Students, April 6: Students that advance to State from Virtual Regionals will be sent an automatically generated email from Z-Fairs to register. Students will then log in and confirm or change information and apply for Topical Prizes.
  • Registration and Topical Prize Nominations, April 17: We have extended the deadline for State History Day to April 17 at 10:59 pm. Students in all categories will need to login to Z-Fairs using the same login they used for Regionals and submit any changes and apply for Topical Prizes. This is true for students that participated in the Virtual Regional Contest and in person.
  • April 21, 10:59 pm: Revised State Finalist Papers due to Sarah.
  • April 23, 10:59 pm: Website Lockout.
  • April 26, 10:59 pm: Exhibit, Documentary, Performance final uploads due.
  • May 2, 5 pm: Final-Round entries posted to our website and social media.
  • May 3, 7 pm: Awards Ceremony - streamed LIVE on Facebook. Results will be posted to our website and social media immediately following.

Forms and Registration Materials

  • Online Material Submission Forms, due by 10:59 pm on April 26:

Additional Category Information

Exhibits

  • Finish Your Exhibit: You will need to take photographs of a completed physical exhibit from any level of competition.
    • Please Note: Students may need to take photos of their exhibit before they are done editing their text. It is okay if the text you include in your template does not match what is shown in the photos. The judges will refer to the text you include in your template as your “final” version.
  • Complete the Template: You will combine photographs of your exhibit and copies of your text into the Google Drive or PowerPoint template. Follow the instructions in the template to complete.
  • Save the Template as a PDF: Once your template has been completed, you must save it as a PDF before uploading it. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Slides presentation as a PDF, go to “File, and “Download As” and select the .pdf option.
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as ONE PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option.
  • Exhibit Virtual Regional Materials Upload: Due by 10:59 pm on April 26.

Documentaries

  • Finalize Your Documentary: Using your Documentary software, save your project in a format you can upload. If you are uploading to Google Drive, we recommend saving it as an MP4.
  • Upload Your Documentary: We recommend uploading to a Google Drive folder and updating the sharing permissions to be viewable by anyone with the link - and viewable by someone outside of your school district. YouTube is permissible, but take caution that even unlisted YouTube links are sometimes removed due to copyright.
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as ONE PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option.
  • Documentary Virtual Regional Materials Upload: Due by 10:59 pm on April 26.

Performances

  • Finalize Your Script: There will be no recorded Performances permitted for Virtual State History Day. Make revisions to your script to include stage directions, prop explanations, and character names.
  • Upload Your Script: Upload the file as a PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF to to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option.
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as ONE PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option.
  • Performance Virtual Regional Materials Upload: Due by 10:59 pm on April 26.

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