Registering for the Fair

Teachers and students register for the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair online during the registration period. Registration will open on December 1, 2014 and close on January 12, 2015.

The online registration system is maintained by Texas History Day. If you need assistance with online registration, please call the HOTRHF office at (254) 710-3783 or send an e-mail to

Teachers will need to register before students. The necessary steps are provided below:

  1. set up the school account
  2. enter each of the students' names
  3. enter students' project titles
  4. choose the category for each project title
  5. match the student names with the correct project title
  6. save and exit the teacher home page

Teachers are invited to nominate their students' projects for one to three Special Awards. This can by done by re-entering the system as the student using the ID and PASSWORD previously set up for each student. After accessing the individual student's page, follow the instructions to view all Special Awards and nominate the project accordingly. For group projects, only one student page in the group needs to be accessed to nominate the project for special awards.

When teachers have completed the online registration, students may complete their registration online.

Please not that HOTRHF does not make it mandatory for students to complete their own registration. However, students who advance to state competition will be required to complete their own registration online at the time of advancement.

Students can complete their registration online and nominate projects for one to three Special Awards (if the project meets the Special Award criteria). Follow the instructions on the student page to view all the Special Awards and then nominate your project appropriatley. After your teacher has set up your school's registration, log-on to the registration site and complete your own registration. Your teacher will assign your username and ID, or you can call or e-mail the HOTRHF office for your log-on information.

ONLINE REGISTRATION must be properly completed by answering all questions in red text. Questions in black text may be disregarded. Carefully check answers to all questions in red text for accuracy, then save registration information on each page and exit the system.

HISTORICAL PAPER ENTRIES: Four (4) print copies of each entry are due in the HOTRHF office no later than midnight, Monday, January 12. Historical papers are judged during the month of January before the February 19 & 20 history fair.

WEBSITE ENTRIES: The NHD Weebly portal will issue a unique 8-digit website URL for each website. The unique 8-digit URL is necessary for website registration. All Web site entries must be finalized and submitted no later than January 12. At that time students' access to their Web projects will be closed until after February 21. Web sites are judged during the month of January before the February 19 & 20 history fair.
HOTRHF IMPORTANT NOTE: URL submission at the time the project if entered on-line WILL NOT block student access from their project between Dec. 1 and Jan. 12, however it will enable HOTRHF to check to be sure the link is in working order for judge access.

Entry fee: $6 per student. Each student entering the history fair must pay the $6 entry fee. For group projects, each member of the group must pay the fee. All entry fees of $6.00 per student should be paid no later than January 20, 2015.

Payments must be mailed or brought directly to the HOTRHF office. Payments cannot be made by credit card within the online registration system for the regional competition.

If mailing, please pay by check or money order. Checks should be made payable to "Heart of Texas Regional History Fair" or "HOTRHF."

Bring all cash payments to the HOTRHF office.

For more information about the office location and hours, please visit

For all payments, please include a list of students that the fees cover. Separate checks, money orders or cash are accepted.

If the school holiday schedule makes it impossible to meet the payment deadline, call or e-mail the HOTRHF office for special payment arrangements.

NO REFUNDS will be given for students who drop out after payment is made.

HOTRHF NOTE: This page is current and up to date for 2015