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Mark your calendar for the 2015 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 25, 2015

8 am to 12 noon: Schools Li-Z

1 pm to 5 pm: Schools A-Le

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.

Lane Tech HS, 2501 W. Addison, entrance on Western Ave.

Chicago, 60618


Exhibit, performance, and documentary students must submit a Student Authorization Form (PDF) at the event.

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

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


Completed electronic registration for all projects is due by April 2  (Or April 14 with permission).  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 April 16. Please submit two sets and the Student Authorization Form.

WEBSITES are locked down for judging on April 17, 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.


Fair Date Location

Illinois History Expo

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Prairie Capital Convention Center,

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

Advancing projects are pre-registered by CMHEC.

  • Junior Division Teacher's Information (PDF) --(go to Download Center)
  • Expo Parent Letter 2015 (PDF)
  • Expo Schedule 2015 (PDF) (Print this and bring it with you)
  • State Expo Bus Permission Form 2015 (PDF)
  • Directions for people driving to the PCCC

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 14-18, 2015

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, websites, and documentaries through email and Skype too.


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