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Mark your calendar for the 2014 competition dates--please be sure to complete the School Intent to Participate form at the beginning of the school year which will ensure you receive all alerts and updates from CMHEC.

Only schools that submitted a School Intent to Participate Form will receive registration materials.


Schools with under 140 projects completed in grades 6-8:

  • 4 research papers
  • 4 exhibits
  • 2 performances or documentaries
  • 4 websites (if certified to compete)

If more entries are wanted for performances or documentaries, a school may “trade” exhibit slots (for example, a school could send 2 exhibits, 3 documentaries, 1 performance).  Schools may not fill unused paper, website, or documentary/performance slots with additional exhibits.

Schools with over 90 projects completed in grades 6-8 may add one entry per every 50 projects. For example, 140 projects = one additional entry in any category; 190 projects = two additional entries, etc.


Fair Date Location

Metro Junior History Fair

Saturday, April 5, 2014

8 am to 12 noon: Schools A-K (except Kenwood)

1 pm to 5 pm: Schools L-Z

To determine the correct session that the school is assigned to attend, use the LAST name of the school or the first name of the Saint.

For example: Daniel BOONE or St. LUKE.

DePaul University

Student Activities Center

2250 N. Sheffield Ave., ChicagoDirections

Completed electronic registration for all projects is due by Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  We cannot guarantee slots for students after the deadline.

All participating students must submit a Student Authorization Form (PDF) at the event.

MORNING Junior Metro History Fair F.A.Q. (Schools A-K, except Kenwood)

AFTERNOON Junior Metro History Fair F.A.Q (Schools L-Z)

PAPERS are due in the History Fair office by Friday, March 28. Please submit two sets and the Student Authorization Form.

WEBSITES are locked down for judging on Thursday, April 3, 6pm and will re-open once finalists are announced. Remember to "Publish" after all revisions are made! Please send the Student Authorization forms to the History Fair office.

CMHEC now offers interviews at the event to students who have worked on websites and papers.  The interviews are optional.


Fair Date Location

Illinois History Expo

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Prairie Capital Convention Center,

Springfield, IL 62701
(9th Street and Adams in downtown Springfield)

Advancing projects are pre-registered by CMHEC.

Note: For your convenience, Word document versions of some of these documents are available on the Download Center page.

Schedule of the Day*

9:30 a.m. -- Arrive in Springfield; students set up projects (they are pre-registered)

10:30 a.m. -- Opening ceremony in Prairie Capital Convention Center; superior papers and websites announced.

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. -- Judging of performances, documentaries and exhibits. Springfield site-seeing!

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. -- Public viewing of exhibits

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. --  Awards ceremony in Prairie Capital Convention Center

3:30 p.m. -- Announcement of NHD qualifiers, immediately followed by an important orientation meeting for students selected to advance to NHD.

4:00 p.m. -- Pick up exhibits, evaluations, and ribbons. Only teachers may pick up school packets. CMHEC will mail remaining packets to teachers.

* CMHEC offers charter bus/meal tickets for $55 per person (students and chaperones). Advance registration required. Passengers meet at 5:30 a.m. at Harrison & State streets and return by 8 p.m.


Fair Date Location

National History Day

June 15-19, 2014

University of Maryland, College Park

Coaching Sessions on Tuesdays, 2:00pm - 6:30pm

Directions Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St.
By appointment only.
Alternate days and times may be requested. Staff is willing to coach papers and websites through cyberspace.


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