History Fair Rules & Guidelines

Read the NEW RULES for all projects submitted to the Chicago Metro History Fair. The rule book contains (1) the rules that all projects must follow, (2) required materials for all projects, (3) the specific, additional rules for each category, and (4) information on how projects are evaluated.

Spanish version of NHD Rule Book

The History Fair website also offers Category Manuals that contain ideas and best practices for developing the final project.

new THE NEW HISTORY FAIR RULE BOOK (2017 Update)

There are two ways you can view the History Fair Rule Book:

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1. NEW History Fair Rule Book (for flat sheets 8.5 x 11 stapled printing)

2. NEW History Fair Rule Book (for booklet printing) Printing instructions: 1. Landscape, 2. Double-sided, 3. Flip on short-edge.

nhd-rule-book-spanish

National History Day has released a Spanish version of the competition rule book!

WARNING -- the History Fair rule book (see above) supersedes the NHD rule book.

Especifically of note:

  • Topics must be connected to local or state history and use NHD theme in order to be eligible for the national competition.
  • Exhibits do not need to hold to a 500-word count unless selected for NHD.
     

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