Important Dates & Times

Friday January 01, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Wednesday March 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Thursday March 18, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Saturday March 20, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Saturday March 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Saturday March 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM

County, State, and National History Day all use the same rules and theme.

NHD Rule Book English     

Theme Book  Contest Theme Book    Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

St. Mary's County History Day 2021


Influencing the future through discovering the past.

For middle and high school students who participate,  History Day sparks critical thinking, and helps develop skills in research and analysis, writing, and public speaking.

Working solo or in small groups, students create original documentaries, exhibits, performances, research papers or websites exploring a breadth of historical topics within an annual theme. Students progress through competitions at the school, district, state, and national levels. Students from public, private, parochial, home, and cyber schools are welcome to participate.  District contests are held throughout Maryland every February and March.

St. Mary's County History Day 2021

  • Theme: This year’s theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.
  • All contests use the NHD theme.
  • St. Mary's County contest will be held Virtually by Appointment on Saturday, March 20, 2021
  • 2021 Maryland History Day

  • ThemeCommunication in History: The Key to Understanding
  • March 31, 2021: Registration closes for Maryland History Day
  • May 1, 2021: Maryland History Day Contest (virtual)
  • May 2, 2021: Maryland History Day Award Ceremony (virtual)
  • June 13-17, 2021: National History Day (virtual)




Sponsored by:

Maryland Humanities

National History Day

Old Line Bank

Maryland State Department of Education

St. Mary's County Geneaological Society

Historic Sotterley

St. Mary’s County History Day

March 20, 2021


All portions of the contest will take place virtually

by appointment to include judging. 



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

 NHD Rule Book English 


Judge Criteria    All aspects of judging will be virtual this year 2021 with no interview component. 

Judges will:

  • Sign up in advance.
  • Attend a judge orientation
  • Work with another volunteer to review projects.
  • Select the strongest projects to advance to the next level of competition.
  • Provide thorough written feedback about each project you view.

As a judge, you are responsible to:

  • Arrive on time to all events for which you sign up and stay until the judging process is completed.
  • Let us know as soon as possible if your schedule changes and you are unable to judge.
  • Remember the age of your audience. Some students are as young as 6th grade and may be nervous to discuss their work.  Ask questions which prompt students to provide information, and be patient if they are shy or anxious.
  • Pay careful attention so you can evaluate well. Students have worked for months on their projects and are looking forward this opportunity to share their work.
  • Judges should avoid distractions such as personal phone calls, texts, etc. during the event.  Judges may not bring minor children that they need to supervise to the event.
  • Let the  staff know right away if there are problems. We are here to help!




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