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Michigan History Day

State & Regional Coordinators

Last year's competition

MHD Sponsors

Michigan Students Receive Top Honors For History

Forty-three Michigan students received honors for their outstanding history projects at Michigan History Day on Saturday, April 26.

The annual event is sponsored by the Historical Society of Michigan and was held this year at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.
It was held in cooperation with GVSU and the Michigan Department of History, Arts & Libraries. Click here for full release.

The state-level Michigan History Day competition was held on April 26th in Allendale, this year's theme was Rights and Responsibilities in History.
History Day is an educational competition designed to encourage students in grades 4-12 to explore historical subjects related to a broad annual theme.

Michigan History Day's ultimate goal is to kindle an appreciation of the past among students of today.

The motto of History Day says it all: It's not just a day; it's an experience.

a PDF of the 2003 Michigan History Day Teacher & Student Handbook.

Important Dates

February - March, 2003: District Contests

April 1, 2003: State Contest Deadline

April 26, 2003: State Finals, Grand Valley State University, Allendale

June 15-19, 2003: National Finals, College Park, MD

Regional competitions are first held in our 10 MHD regions. Winners of these regional competitions go on the Michigan History Day state competition scheduled this year in Allendale. Please contact your regional coordinator listed below for entry information.

State Co-coordinators:

Hugh Gurney
Historical Society of Michigan
1305 Abbott Rd.
E. Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 324-1828
email: [email protected]
Tami Averill
Michigan Historical Museum
717 W. Allegan St.
Lansing, MI 48918-1800
(517) 241-4060
email: [email protected]

Regional Co-coordinators:

Region 1: Howard Nicholson
History Department
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle
Marquette, MI 49855-5352
(906) 227-2586
[email protected]
Region 2: Robert Money
Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
(906) 635-2193
[email protected]
Region 3: Tom Vranich
Book Ability
9060 N. Bayshore Dr. Ste. D
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
[email protected]
Region 4: Sean O'Neill
Department of History
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401
(616) 895-3325
o'[email protected]
Region 5: Contact HSM at (517) 324-1828 Region 6: Tom Dietz
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
P.O. Box 4070
Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070
(616) 373-7984
[email protected]
Region 7: Sara Stofer
33346 Shiawassee
Farmington, MI 48336
(248) 615-8979
[email protected]
Region 8: Russ Olwell
Department of History
701 TPray-Harrold Hall
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48097
(734) 487-1018
[email protected]
Region 9: David Bridgens
Michigan Historical Museum
717 W. Allegan St.
Lansing, MI 48918-1800
(517) 241-0594
[email protected]
Region 10: Amy DeWyse
Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-1805
[email protected]

MHD Sponsors

Financial Support Generously Provided by:

The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
The Frederick S. Upton Foundation
The Michigan Labor History Council
Republic Bank
Holland Area Historical Society

Our thanks to these sponsors of Special Student Prizes at Michigan History Day 2003:

For Best Entries in:

Science & Technology: Lawrence Technological University

Use of Primary Sources: Michigan Archival Association

Use of Oral History: Michigan Oral History Association

Family History: Michigan Genealogical Association

Michigan Women's History - Michigan Women's Studies Association

Transportation History - Michigan Roundtable, Lexington Group in Transportation

Great Lakes Maritime History - Association for Great Lakes Maritime History

Michigan History 1865-Present - Friends of Michigan History

Labor History - Michigan State AFL-CIO Labor Council

Innovation in History - Siemens Corporation

Best Entry Overall - The Historical Society of Michigan

From Last Year's Competitions:


Eight Michigan students received medals for their outstanding history projects at the 2002 National History Day last June held outside Washington DC. Another six students placed in the top 14 nationally. The students were among fifty other Michigan students that were finalists at Michigan History Day last April and had won a berth at the national competition.

The Historical Society of Michigan sponsors Michigan student participation in National History Day each year. Students begin by competing in one of nine regional competitions throughout Michigan and successful entrants then moved on to the state competition, held last year in Lansing. Winners of Michigan History Day go on to the National History Day event.

The 2002 State Finals were held in Lansing last April at the Michigan Historical Center. The complete press release detailing last year's competition is available by clicking here.

View last year's state-level Michigan History Day winners by clicking here.

Michigan History Day and its regional and state compeitions are part of the National History Day (NHD) competition. State finalists go on to the national competition. To review the NHD Contest Rulebook online, click for a PDF version here, or you can view the rulebook in your browser by clicking for an HTML version here.

Michigan History Day offers a fascinating opportunity to move social science beyond rote learning. Students perform self-directed research on an individually chosen topic. They then present their work through the allied disciplines of art, literature, music, drama, and visual communications, in addition to writing. The projects grow; participants are encouraged to expand and improve their work between each state of competition.