Fairbanks History Day is a local exhibition and competition to promote the study and appreciation of history. The competition is open to any student in grades K through 12 who wish to submit projects in one of five categories: paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, and website. The top 3 projects in each category will advance to the state competition. Alaska History Day winners then advance to the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland. For more information about the competition, including this year’s theme, please visit www.fairbankshistoryday.org.
IN AN EFFORT TO MITIGATE THE IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC,
THE 2021 CONTEST WILL BE A VIRTUAL COMPETITION.
2021 Competition Schedule
January 18 Registration Opens online at www.fairbankshistoryday.org
The following is required for contest entry:
URL for Documentary & Performance categories
Website link for websites category
PDF for research papers e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibits: Please submit a single file of 6 digital photographs (in JPEG format) of the following to email@example.com.
- Overall exhibit
- Left panel
- Center panel
- Right panel
- Details of each graphic and caption
- Details of all text boxes used
Remember that this is the only way the judges can get to know your entry! Please make sure you’ve captured all aspects of the exhibit and that the photos are clear and in focus.
The process paper and bibliography should be included as well in PDF format. Please indicate at least one student name, school, and division in the file names.
Here is an example of what a student exhibit can look like in the virtual format:
Here is a template for an exhibit submission via Google slides:
A process paper is required with each submission in all categories except paper.
February 8 Registration Deadline. No late entries will be accepted after 5pm.
February 15 Contest begins. Virtual Judges training to take place at 6pm.
(Zoom link for training will be posted to competition website one week prior).
February 18 Judging Ends. All score sheets due to contest staff by 5pm.
February 19 Fairbanks History Day Award Winners Announced Online at Noon AKST
The projects of the top 3 award winners in each category and division will be posted online on February 19, 2021. These award winners are eligible to compete at the Alaska State History Day competition. Top finishers in the state competition will advance on to National History Day competition in June of 2021.
Thanks to dedicated community members like you, Fairbanks History Day continues to thrive in its 23rd year. Your expertise remains a critical component behind the success of our local effort.
We continue to see a strong and diverse pool of submissions each year and despite our current challenges, we expect a good turnout in this year's competition.
The Fairbanks History Day Virtual Competition will kick off Monday, February 15th with our online judges training at 6pm AKST. A link to this virtual training will be posted on February 1st, 2021.
This year’s theme is "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding". I strongly recommend you take a moment to review the narrative of this year's theme and various Youtube webinars located to the right of this screen.
You will receive your judging assignments by email no later than February 15th. Included will be scoring sheets and web links to your judging assignments.
All judges scoring sheets are due back no later than 5pm February 18th, 2021.
PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE WORKING WITH NEW SCORING SHEETS THIS YEAR. PLEASE FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE NEW RUBRICS HERE.
In closing, I’d like to extend my appreciation for your continued support. A list of all award winners and links to their projects will be posted to this website on February 19th for you to enjoy.