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September 10, 2019


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT

NHD Theme Webinar


This webinar sponsored by National History Day will cover the 2020 Breaking Barriers in History theme and offer ideas and resources to launch into the 2020 contest season. Join NHD, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the White House Historical Society to get your brainstorm started!

January 25 -

March 21, 2020

County Competitions


Competition begins at the county level.  Students must first enter a county contest.  Winners from each county will advance to the NHD-CA State Finals.  Check the Coordinators tab to find information on NHD in your area.

March 4, 2020


9:00 a.m. PDT

NHD-CA State Finals Registration Opens


County champions can begin registering for the NHD-CA State Finals. Cost is $95 per student.  All students in a group must register for the group to participate.

March 27, 2020


9:00 p.m. PDT

NHD-CA State Finals Online Registration Closes


This is the last day for county champions advancing to the NHD-CA State Finals to register without paying an additional $25 late fee.


March 28 - April 1, 2020

NHD-CA Late Registration Begins


During this period students may still finish registering for NHD-CA. 

However, a $25.00 Late fee will be added to each student who has not completed the last step "payment".  The total entry fee during the late registration is $120.


April 1, 2020


9:00 p.m. PDT

NHD-CA State Finals Late Registration Closes


NHD-CA State Finals Late Registration Closes.


April 15, 2020


(by 9:00 p.m.)

Papers Due

Historical Paper Submission Deadline

Students with Historical Paper entries MUST upload a PDF version of their paper.

For More Information

April 15, 2020


(by 9:00 p.m.)

Upload Documentaries

Documentary Submission Deadline

All Documentary entries MUST be sent to us via


  • Documentaries can take several hours to upload!

For More Information

April 15, 20120


(By 9:00 p.m.)

Publish Websites

Website Entries Locked

Students MUST publish their website before websites are locked. Once locked, students will not be able to make changes until after the contest.

For More Information

May 8-10, 2020

NHD-CA State Finals


Champions from each county compete from Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 10, 2020. Champions will advance to the National History Day competition.

William Jessup University

333 Sunset Boulevard

Rocklin, CA  95765

June 14-18, 2020

National History Day Contest


NHD-CA Champions will be eligible to attend the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park in June. This is where the best National History Day projects from across the United States meet to compete for the National titles.

University of Maryland at College Park

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