Virginia History Day

Girls holding flags celebrate at National History Day

2021 Competition Theme

The theme of the National History Day 2021 is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. Students are encouraged to examine their topic's influence on history and draw conclusions about the ways in which their topic had an impact on the course of events and on individuals, communities, nations, or the world. Students and teachers are encouraged to remember local history and local resources when selecting topics. Download the 2021 National History Day Theme Book, the 2021 Contest Rule Book and the 2021 Theme Graphic Organizer

Classroom Registration

Whether students compete outside the classroom or not, teachers can benefit from registering for Virginia History Day. Complete this quick form to receive a free 1-hour Skype session with your class ($75 value), digital teaching and contest materials, addition to our VHD mailing list, and eligibility to win the Virginia History Day Cup.

VHD Coordinator Office Hours

Join VHD Coordinator Sam Florer to chat about any issue or question you might have about the program. Sam will be available every Tuesday from 3:00-5:00 to meet with teachers, parents, or students for 30 minute virtual meetings. To schedule a meeting, click here. If that time doesn't work for you, feel free to email Sam at 

2021 State Contest Dates

The 2021 VHD State Contest will be held virtually with the following dates and deadlines. To learn more details, please visit the Contest Information page. 

  • Registration Deadline  - Monday, April 12th 
  • Project Submission Deadline - Wednesday, April 14th 
  • Judging Window - Friday, April 16th - Wednesday, April 28th 
  • Results Released - Tuesday, May 4th

VHD Media of Previous Competitions

Take a peek into VHD competitions of the past with these photos and videos! 

Virginia History Day 2020 Virtual Showcase
Virginia History Day 2019 Photo Album on Facebook
Virginia History Day 2018 Photo Album on Facebook