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2020 History Fair Contest and Event Dates

History Fair Paloozas

Paloozas are gatherings of students, librarians, volunteer coaches, historians, and History Fair staff to support students on their History Fair journey. Attend workshop sessions and talk one-on-one with librarians and coaches. Each Palooza offers different workshops.

  • Our Paloozas have concluded for 2020. Watch this space for announcements about Paloozas upcoming in the 2021 History Fair season!

Our sincere thanks to the librarians at the Harold Washington Library, NEIU Williams Library, and UIC Daley Library for working with History Fair students at the Paloozas… and beyond!

History Fair Competitions

Website and paper judging takes place off-site. Optional interviews for those students are available at the fairs.


We invite civic-minded adults who enjoy history to volunteer to judge students’ History Fair projects.

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