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What is the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair?
The Heart of Texas Regional History Fair (HOTRHF) is a two-day competition for Central Texas students interested in history. Students choose a historical topic related to an annual theme, conduct extensive research in primary and secondary sources, and analyze and interpret what they learn. Students present their findings in an historical paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a Web site.

Who hosts and administers HOTRHF?
The Texas Collection, a special collections library on the Baylor University campus, provides administrative support for the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair. For more information about this unique public research facility, click on the link above or call (800)229-5678.

When and where is the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair held?
The HOTRHF is held on a Thursday and Friday during the month of February on the Baylor University campus in Waco, Texas. See the fair schedule for more details.

How are HOTRHF winners selected?
Contest entries are evaluated by historians and educators and prizes are awarded in each category. First- and second-place winners in each HOTRHF category have the opportunity to compete at Texas History Day in Austin, Texas. State winners may go on to compete at National History Day, held in June at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

Numerous special awards, including scholarships and cash prizes, are also made each year by organizations which help support HOTRHF.

What are the benefits of participating in the HOTRHF?
Students acquire useful historic knowledge and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will help them now and in the future. The history fair offers students the opportunity to meet students from other schools, exchange ideas, and demonstrate the results of their work.

How can the history fair help meet educational standards?
History fair participation can be an important part of meeting local, state, and national educational standards. To learn more, see "Meeting the Standards" on the National History Day Web site.

Who is eligible to participate?
Any student in grades 5-12 who attends a public, private, charter, parochial, military, or home school within the fourteen-county Central Texas region is eligible to enter the HOTRHF. The counties in the region are:


How is the HOTRHF organized?
HOTRHF has three divisions based on school grade. Entries in each division are judged separately at all levels of competition.

  • Fifth Grade Division - Grade 5 (individual and group exhibits only); please note that Texas History Day and National History Day do not have competition categories for fifth graders.
  • Junior Division - Grades 6, 7, and 8
  • Senior Division - Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

What are the project categories?
Students may enter one of nine categories, either individually or as members of groups. Groups require a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 5 students.

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