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National History Day in Massachusetts


Judging is key to the success of the Massachusetts National History Day program! Hundreds of volunteer judges are needed to meet with students at regional and state-wide contests.

Who Can Serve as a Judge?

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Judges are history lovers from all walks of life: educators, librarians, archivists, history students, professors, historical society affiliates, museum personnel, national park rangers, NHD alumni, even armchair historians & history buffs!

How Does It Work?

NHD relies on consensus judging. First, NHD judges are assigned in teams of three to judge in the category of their choice: papers, documentaries, websites, performances, or exhibits.  On contest day, judges first attend a training seminar.  Then they view projects and interview student historians, asking them questions about their topics and research process.  At the end of the contest, judges provide written feedback for each student, offering encouragement and validation of the student's work.

National History Day in MA Has Gone Virtual!

In light of safety precautions implemented regarding COVID-19, the Massachusetts History Day 2021 State Contest will be entirely virtual. Like last year, we will be holding a single state-wide contest for all Massachusetts students. Judges will receive virtual project materials to assess in advance, and we will arrange virtual student interviews during two rounds of competition.  All students will participate in Round One during the week of March 15, and finalists will compete in Round Two during the week of April 12.  Winners will advance to the National contest.

How Do I Sign Up to Judge NHD?

Watch this space!  Judging registration will open in January 2021, when we will post more detailed information about this year's judging process. You can also learn more by visiting our Contest Info page.  For more information, please contact the MA State Coordinators at