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Mark your calendar for the 2016 competition dates--please 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 password.


The standard allowances are:

  • 4 research papers
  • 4 websites (if teacher is certified to offer that category)
  • 4 exhibits*
  • 2 documentaries or performances*

*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, up to 140 projects = one additional entry in any category; 190 projects = two additional entries, etc.


Fair Date Location

Metro Junior History Fair

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Schools are divided between afternoon and morning sessions (last name)

A-Li: 8:30am-12noon

Lo-Z: 12:30pm-4:00pm

Lane Tech High School, 2501 W. Addison, Chicago, 60618

Traffic changes in 2016!



Completed electronic registration for all projects is March 22.  We cannot guarantee slots for students after the deadline.

Registration is online with user name and password: http://reg.chicagohistoryfair.org/

PAPERS are due in the History Fair office by March 28, 5pm. Please submit two sets and the Student Authorization Form.

WEBSITES are locked down for judging on March 25, 5pm. Please send the Student Authorization forms to the History Fair office.

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

All students must submit a Student Authorization Form (PDF) at the event, or send in advance to CMHF.


MORNING Junior Metro History Fair F.A.Q. (Schools A-Le)

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

Exhibits, Documentaries, Performance students will bring their project and three sets of their Summary Statement and Annotated Bibliography, stapled.

Submit Student Authorization at check-in. You may want to bring a snack.

Websites and Papers are judged off-site, therefore students need not attend the fair.  However, they may come if they want to be interviewed--or simply be part of the event with their school friends.  Interviews are optional, but appointment times are TBD.

Morning Session Interviews Appointment link

Afternoon Session Interviews Appointment link

AT THE EVENT (@ session)

All students check-in for assignments, set-up exhibit or visit room to make sure tech works


Documentaries and Performances presented, interviews occur concurrently

Website and Paper interviews occur (optional)

Exhibits are judged without the student present

Exhibit students return to the hall for judges' interviews

Closing Ceremony in Auditorium


Fair Date Location

Illinois History Expo

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Prairie Capital Convention Center,

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

Advancing projects are pre-registered by CMHEC.

  • Junior Division Teacher Information Packet (PDF)
  • State Expo Parent Letter 2016 (PDF)
  • State Expo Schedule 2016 (PDF) (Print this and bring it with you)
  • State Expo Bus Permission Form 2016 (Word)
  • Directions for people driving to the PCCC

Note: For your convenience, these documents are also 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 12-16, 2016

University of Maryland, College Park

Coaching Sessions

Directions Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St.
By appointment only.

Coaching is possible via Googlechat and email.


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