Important Dates & Times

Wednesday January 01, 2020 at 6:00 AM
Monday March 02, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Saturday March 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Saturday March 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Saturday March 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Contest Expectations

Exhibit, website, and paper judging is closed to the public. 

We will only announce final rounds for Documentary and Performance categories. All other categories (website, paper and exhibit) final rounds will be judged without students present. 

For full rules, see the National History Day Rule Book.

National History Day in Wisconsin

Minocqua Regional

Lakeland Union High School has been home to the Minocqua Regional for the past few years! With a spacious field house, awesome AV capabilities, and the 2018 co-Teachers of the Year recipients as hosts-- it is the perfect layout for an NHD competition! We can't wait to see you at the contest, good luck to all competitors.


What to Expect During the Contest?

Are you ready to compete? Don't be nervous! It is meant to be a fun opportunity for you to share your hard work with others. Judges are excited to view your work and want to hear from you!

So you don't forget anything, check our checklist to make sure you are prepared!



Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

Judge Criteria


  • 60% — Historical Quality
    • Accuracy
    • Interpret and analyze
    • Place in historical context
    • Shows wide research
    • Strong thesis
    • Balanced—multiple viewpoints
    • Available primary sources used
  • 20% — Relation to Theme
    • Use triumph AND tragedy
    • Demonstrate why topic is significant in history
  • 20% — Clarity of Presentation
    • Use of visual images
    • Process paper and bibliography clearly organized
  • 0% — Quality of Interview
    • Interview is meant for students to share more about their process/research
    • Projects stand alone; extra content can give a competitive advantage. They can share, but you can’t judge what they say over what they completed.




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