Getting Your Project Started

Understand the Theme
The first step in creating a history fair project is to learn about the theme. The theme for each year's history fair is established by the National History Day organization. For more information about the theme, click here.

Choose a Topic
The second step in creating a history fair project is to choose a specific topic for research and presentation. Topics may be drawn from any era of local, regional, national, or world history, but they must relate clearly to the year's theme. For more information on choosing a topic, click here.

Choose a Project Category
The next step is to decide what kind of project to create. There are five project categories: exhibit, documentary, historical paper, performance, and Web site. For more information on choosing a project category, click here.

Choose a Group or Individual Project
Next, decide whether to work as an individual or as a member of a group. For help on how to decide, click here.

Conduct Historical Research
The key to a successful history project is thorough, carefully documented historical research in both primary and secondary sources. To learn more about how do historical research, click here.

Follow the Rules, Complete the Requirements
There are specific rules which govern each category of project as well as general ones for all competitors. There are also specific requirements concerning what components your project must include, such as a process paper and an annotated bibliography. Rules and requirements are explained in detail for each project category on this Web site.