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All CMHF Regional History Fair contests will be held Virtually for the 2020-21 School Year (2021 contest season)! This page will provide resources about the project categories and registration process for the virtual History Fair contests.

 If you are a student participating in the Chicago Metro History Fair Regional Contests (CMHF), you must read and follow the 2021 Student Registration and Submission Instructions

Required Paperwork/Written Materials

Remember, ALL projects must include:

Read the 2021 Student Registration and Submission Instructions for details on which files to include for your project category.

Due Dates

Projects must be completely submitted in zFairs in accordance with the 2021 Student Registration and Submission Instructions by the following deadlines:

  • High school students (Senior Division) who attend schools outside of the city of Chicago (Senior Suburban): Friday, February 19 at 11PM
  • High school students (Senior Division) who attend schools in Chicago (Senior City): Friday, February 26 at 11PM
  • All students grades 6-8 (Metro Junior): Wednesday, March 10 at 11PM

Category Information

See examples of each project category (updated for 2021) on our CMHF examples page!

Exhibits

Students participating in CMHF will receive an email with a link to register their projects, along with full instructions. Exhibit projects will submit a single PDF file (how to combine PDF files) that contains the following, in this order:

  • Title Page
  • Process Paper
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Virtual Exhibit

Remember, your submission must be in PDF format. Click here to learn how to download your Google documents as PDF files.

Documentaries

Documentaries

Students participating in CMHF will receive an email with a link to register their projects, along with full instructions. Documentary video files will need to be uploaded to a public file sharing service (such as Google Drive) and shared with permission for “anyone with the link to view” your file. Written materials will be uploaded separately as a single PDF file (how to combine PDF files) in this order:

  • title page
  • process paper
  • annotated bibliography

Remember, your written materials must be in PDF format. Click here to learn how to download your Google documents as PDF files.

Performances

Performances

Performances will be video-recorded and submitted along with a companion worksheet that outlines the setting, characters, etc.

Students participating in CMHF will receive an email with a link to register their projects, along with full instructions. Performance video files will need to be uploaded to a public file sharing service (such as Google Drive) and shared with permission for “anyone with the link to view” your file. Written materials will be uploaded separately as a single PDF file (how to combine PDF files) in this order:

  • title page
  • process paper
  • performance companion worksheet
  • annotated bibliography

Remember, your written materials must be in PDF format. Click here to learn how to download your Google documents as PDF files.

Papers

Papers

Students participating in CMHF will receive an email with a link to register their projects, along with full instructions. Papers will be submitted as a single PDF file (how to combine PDF files) that contains the following, in this order:

  • Title Page
  • Process Paper
  • Paper
  • Annotated Bibliography

Remember, your submission must be in PDF format. Click here to learn how to download your Google documents as PDF files.

Websites

Websites

Students participating in CMHF will receive an email with a link to register their projects, along with full instructions. To submit your website entry, you will need to provide your NHDWebCentral Site Key and Link. Both of these can be found in your NHDWebCentral account on the screen that appears when you log in. Remember to follow the rules for your home page, process paper and annotated bibliography.

 

Judge Registration

Registration for Judges is now open! Visit our Virtual Judging page learn more and to sign up!

Teacher Registration

All participating teachers may now register in zFairs! This allows teachers to view their students’ project submissions and evaluations directly in the zFairs system. Follow our Teacher Registration Instructions to register. View Project Allowances for the regional contests here.

Virtual Contest FAQs

  • Will State and Nationals be virtual?
    • State and Nationals will be virtual for 2021. Students who advance to the state and national contests will be using the same guidelines and evaluation forms at every level of competition. All contests, from the Chicagoland regionals to the national contest, will be held online in the zFairs contest system.
  • Will there be student interviews at the Virtual Contests?
    • Unfortunately, due to a combination of guidance from National History Day and restrictions on students’ participation in virtual meetings by various schools and districts, there will be no student-judge interviews at CMHF this year.

 

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