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Registering for the Fair

Register first!
Teacher registration

Student Registration
After his or her teacher has registered, each student must also register.
Student registration

Teachers and students register for the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair online. This can be done on a convenient computer 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

The online registration system is maintained by Texas History Day. If you need assistance with online registration, please contact the HOTRHF office coordinator, (NOTE - the coordinator for HOTRHF is changing during July 2014) Dena Martin's last day is July 3, at
(254) 753-3251 or via e-mail to
I will be glad to pass your e-mail to the appropriate person if a new coordinator has not been posted at the time you need to contact HOTRHF

Online registration OPENS December 1, 2014.
Online registration CLOSES at midnight, January 12, 2015.

The HOTRHF office hours on January 12 are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. I will monitor my e-mail from home until 8:00 pm that evening to assist with final registration. Questions for help after 8:00 pm will be addressed at the open of business for HOTRHF at 9:00 am January 13. am.

Teachers must register first!
Teachers complete their part of the online registration process in the exact order of the following list

  • setting up their school account;
  • entering each (all) of their students' names;
  • entering students' project titles;
  • choosing the category for each project title;
  • matching the student names with the correct project title.
  • teachers are invited to now nominate their student's project for one to three Special Awards.
    1- Teacher must save and exit their teacher home page
    2 - Teachers re-enter AS THE STUDENT using the ID and PASSWORD they previously set up inside their teacher home page for each student.
    3 - once the teacher accesses the individual student's page they can follow the instructions to view all Special Awards and nominate the project accordingly.
    4 - for Group Projects only one student page in the group needs to be accessed to nominate the project for one to three Special Awards

When teachers have completed these online registration steps, their entering students may finish completing their own registration online.

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

You may complete your own registration online. You may also nominate your project for one to three Special Awards if your project meets the Special Award criteria. Follow instructions on your student page to view all the Special Awards and then nominate your project. 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, Wednesday, January 12. Historical papers are judged during the month of January before the February 19 & 20 history fair.

WEB SITE ENTRIES: Information on how each school will submit Web site 8-digit URLs to HOTRHF will be available December 1 for the 2015 fair. 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. 13, 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 at 1624 South 9th Street (two-story house at the corner of 9th and James streets) DO NOT MAIL PAYMENTS TO THIS ADDRESS. MAIL PAYMENTS to Heart of Texas Regional History Fair / Baylor University / One Bear Place 97186 / Waco, Texas 76798. There is a secure mail slot accessible 24 hours/day in the outside wood door. A green and white sign to the left of the front door identifies this location as the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair.

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.

T-SHIRT PAYMENTS at $10.00 each may be included with the entry fees.
Please indicate adult size as SM, MED, LG, XL, 2X, or 3X. T-shirts will be available for pickup at the fair on Friday, February 20. To order a T-shirt, click here.

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