History Day

  • 2021 Fairbanks History Day

    Virtual Event
    Date:  February 15-19, 2021


    This event proceeding as planned is dependent on state and district guidelines regarding school closure due to COVID-19.  Please check this website often for the most up-to-date information or contact the event coordinator listed on this page.


    The 2021 theme for History Day is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

    The Fairbanks History Day is sponsored by the  Department of History and the Arthur T. Fathauer Endowed Chair in History at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  It is supported by the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.  

    • January 18 - February 8, 2021: Register online at www.fairbankshistoryday.org (No late entries will be accepted.)
    • February 15, 2021: Judges' training at 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. (more information)
    • February 15-19, 2021: Fairbanks History Day contest
    • February 18, 2021:  Judging ends at 5:00 p.m.
    • February 19, 2021: Award winners announced at 12:00 p.m.

    The top three award winners in each catagory and division of the Fairbanks History Day will be posted online on February 19, 2021, at www.fairbankshistoryday.org.  These award winners are eligible to compete at the Alaska State History Day competition in March 2021, and the top finishers in the state competition will advance to the National History Day Competition in June 2021.


    Fairbanks History Day website

    New project evaluation/ scoring forms

    2021 National History Day theme book - Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

    National History Day Contest Rule Book - June 2020 Edition

    The History Day portal is at https://ak-flc.nhd.org.

    Alaska History Day website:  https://www.akhf.org/ahd 

    Fairbanks History Day Timeline and Competition Schedule

    National History Day (NHD) makes history come alive for America's youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural, and social experiences of the past. Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today's youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future. NHD inspires students through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction.

    Every year NHD frames students' research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase student's historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time. 


Contact Information

Fairbanks History Day Sponsors

  • The Arthur T. Fathauer
    Endowed Chair in History

    AK History Day    UAF Dept. of History

    Tanana Yukon Historical Society    Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

    Fairbanks North Star Borough      Kids Voting