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2017 nhd qualifiers

Congratulations! You have been selected to represent Illinois at the
National History Day at the University of Maryland
campus in
College Park, Md., June 11-15, 2017
.  Selection to represent your state at the national contest is a great honor, and we congratulate you on your achievement.  Below you will find documents that review important information you need to know in order to plan your trip to Nationals.


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Team Illinois @ National History Day

  • Pizza Party Invitation - following the Welcome Ceremony, on Sunday at Hornbake Plaza (down the hill from the Stamp Student Union), about 7:15.  It's "Ultimate Frisbee" Time too. (NO--not with the pizzas, silly, but our very own Team Illinois frisbees!) RAIN PLACE: Elkton dorm.
  • Support fellow students by attending performances and documentaries if you are on campus.  It means a lot to see friendly faces in the audience. Wish the papers, websites, and exhibits "good luck" on the day they have their interviews. DOWNLOAD THE ILLINOIS SCHEDULE or text Lisa if you want a copy sent to you directly (available 6/11eve)
  • It's extra special when Illinois makes it to the Finals, but watching the final documentaries and/or performances on Tue evening or Wed morning are still a blast.  Try to include a couple hours of viewing other students' projects and be part of the buzz!
  • Washington Nationals Game Discount – We are delighted to offer you a significant discount to attend the Washington Nationals baseball game on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. A $36 ticket includes a RF/LF corner game ticket and $10 added value that can be spent on concessions and merchandise; a $18 Ticket includes an upper gallery game ticket and $5 added value. The flier contains all of the details.
  • All Illinois team members are welcomed to join us in the Illinois dorm ELKTON for the Ice Cream Social/Poster-Making Party on Wednesday, June 14, 9pm. No ice cream til you make your poster!! Smile
  • Illinois Dorm Dwellers are in ELKTON .  Participate in the Dorm-Door-Decorating Contest, and relax in the lounge with games and puzzles.
  • TEAM ILLINOIS's block of seats at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 15, 8:30am-12noon, Section 118, Rows 3-8 at the Xfinity Center. (See below for parking information.) Join the Parade of States at 8:30am--it makes the Awards Ceremony fun and a great way to conclude your week's experience. Supporters at home can watch the ceremony streamed live from the NHD website. Students may pick up their evaluations after the ceremony.
  • University of Maryland-College Park Map and Parking Instructions
    (click on the map below to view as a PDF)


  • Residence hall guests may request a summer guest parking permit when they check in to campus housing. Free parking in the designated areas and times only. You are ubject to tickets if restrictions are not followed.
  • Commuters and spectators may pre-purchase daily or competition-long permits starting now at http://my.parkingsoft.com/umd.
  • Representatives from the Department of Transportation Services will be available at registration during the following hours to assist with permit purchase and answer questions: Saturday, 2:00PM - 8:00PM, Sunday, 9:00AM - 8:00PM, and Monday 8:00AM - 10:00AM.
  • After 10:00AM on Monday, guests should purchase permits online or park in designated visitor parking lots and pay the hourly/daily fee.  Permits also may be purchased at the Department of Transportation's office in Regents Drive Garage during business hours, 8:15AM - 4:00PM Mon-Fri.  Please note for 2017: The Regents Drive Garage is closed for construction, however the DOTS office will still be open.
  • The closest visitor parking to Regents Drive Garage is at the Stadium Drive Garage or the Paint Branch Visitor lot. You may go to http://www.transportation.umd.edu/maps&apps.html for parking maps of campus.

For the Awards Ceremony only, you will be able to pay for parking, with a credit card, upon arrival to the parking lot.  To save time, you may still pre-purchase a permit at https://my.parkingsoft.com/umd.


NHD Orientation Packet Contents

Join us for the NHD Prep Meeting
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL
Tuesday, May 9, 5pm
Click here for more information.

Illinois students will be able to register beginning May 11.  
Review the registration handbook NOW and line up your materials, decide on lodging, etc.

register for nhd 2017

Here's what to expect at National History Day.
Pull out your smart phone and capture the excitement with History Fair online!
What to do before heading to NHD.


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