Welcome to the Greater Boston Regional Competition

Important Dates & Times

NHD-in-Massachusetts_logo_miller-font.pngWelcome to the Greater Boston Regional History Day Contest!

Massachusetts History Day is the state affiliate of National History Day (NHD), an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12 that encourages exploration of local, state, national, and world history.

On this site you can register your school and project, get contest-day information, review project checklists, and find payment information. Still have questions? Contact the Greater Boston Regional Coordinator Paula Sampson at greaterbostonmhd@gmail.com.

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The Greater Boston Regional Competition will take place on Sunday, March 8th at Stoneham Middle School (101 Central Street, Stoneham MA 02180) Registration for the competition will open on December 1st, 2019.

Important Deadlines

Registration Lockout: Wednesday, Feb 12th at 11:59 PM

Paper Submission Deadline: Wednesday, Feb 26th at 11:59 PM

Website Lockout: Wednesday, Feb 26th at 11:59 PM

Registration Payment Due: Wednesday, Feb 26th at 11:59 PM



Welcome MHD Students!  Here you will find information on how to register for your contest WLF-0280 4MP.pngand pay for registration.  If you have questions about your project, check out the Mass History Day and National History Day websites for more information.  If you still have questions, email Paula Sampson at greaterbostonmhd@gmail.com.

How to Register For Massachusetts History Day


Create an Account

In the box on the righthand side of the screen titled "Create an Account," fill in your name and email address.  Even if you competed in a contest in a previous year, you still need to create a new account for this contest.


Register Your School and Teacher

When prompted, find your school and then select your teacher in the drop-down lists.

  • If you are homeschooled or do not see your school name as an option, email education@masshist.org for help.
  • If you do not see your teacher's name as an option, ask your teacher if they have registered on the website yet.  If the answer is yes and you still can't find them, email us for help.
  • If you are not working with a teacher, email us and we will set you up with an account. 


Set Up Project Entry

Individual Projects: If you are competing individually, click on "Create a Project" and follow the instructions.

Group ProjectsEach member of a group project must register individually!  If you are the first person in your group to register, click on "Create a Project" and follow the instructions.  Once you are done, you will receive an email with a Team Key that you must send to your group members.  All other group members, click on "Link/Join an Existing Group" and enter the Team Key you received.

  • A Team Key will look like a long string of letters and numbers (Example: b64d6ed7-b151-4469-bec8-63dc2f041ea4).  


Specific Project Instructions

Websites: You will see a place where you can enter your website key.  This will NOT lock out your website until the deadline--you can still edit it until the Website Lockout. 

Papers: You will see a place where you can upload your paper document.  You can submit your paper now or later.  You can upload edits of your paper as many times as you like until the Paper Submission Deadline, after which you will not be able to change your paper.  Important: you MUST upload your final draft of your paper by the deadline or you will not be fully registered!


Permissions and Waivers

Once you confirm your personal information and project entry, you will be taken to a page where you and your parents/guardians will respond to NHD permissions and waivers. Important: your parents or guardians MUST fill out this section with you.


Registration Fees

Each participating student has a registration fee of $12.*  You can choose to pay online or by check.  The deadline for registration payments is Friday, February 26th.

IMPORTANT: Check to see whether your school is paying for registration fees! 

Registration fees can be paid online with a debit or credit card or by check.

If you are paying by check, selecting this option will create an invoice in your account.  Print off this invoice and mail it along with a check made out to "Massachusetts Historical Society."  The check should have the student's name in the "Notes" section.  Mail to the following address: 

Massachusetts Historical Society

c/o Kate Melchior

1154 Boylston Street

Boston MA 02215


*If MHD registration fees are causing hardship for you and your family, we can help!  Email education@masshist.org and we will talk about how we can help with costs


Welcome MHD Teachers!  Here you will find information on how to registeWLF-0135 resize.pngr for the contest, track your student's registrations, and retrieve student invoices if your school is paying for registration fees.  If you have questions about student projects, check out the Mass History Day and National History Day websites for more information.  If you still have questions, email Paula Sampson at greaterbostonmhd@gmail.com.

Reminder: Each school may bring up to 21 projects to the Junior competition and 21 to the Senior competition.  This may include a maximum of six exhibits, six papers, and three projects in each other category per competition.

Interested in judging as well?  You can sign up and indicate your preferences at our Greater Boston Judges Registration Page (TBA).  Teachers will receive 6 PDPs for judging exhibits, performances, and documentaries, and 10 PDPs for judging websites and papers (which require advanced preparation).

Teacher Registration


Create an Account

In the box on the righthand side of the screen titled "Create an Account," fill in your name and email address and follow prompts to create a teacher account.  Even if you participated in a contest in a previous year, you still need to create a new account for this contest. 

IMPORTANTTeachers need to sign up before students so that students can register under their teacher's name.  This allows teachers to keep track of their students' registrations and, if the school is paying for registration fees, collect student invoices for a Payment Order (see below).


Select Your School

You will be prompted to select your school from a drop-down menu.  If you cannot find your school listed, please contact education@masshist.org and we will add your school to the website. 


Viewing Student Information

When logged in, teachers can click on the "My Students" tab at the top of the webpage.  This will take you to a list of the students who are linked to you in the system.  Note: A teacher’s student will only appear once the student has created their account.

By clicking on the student, teachers can choose to view and edit information, or to link/unlink the student to an entry.


Paying Student Registration Fees

If your school is paying for student registrations, you can do so through your teacher account.

  • Click on the "Store" tab.
  • Click on the "Students" tab, next to the "Order History" tab.
  • All of the students associated with your teacher account will appear on the list.  Check the box next to the student(s) for whom the teacher or school is paying.
  • Add fees to the cart and click the blue "Checkout and Pay" button
  • If the school is paying by check or Purchase Order, select "Generate Invoice." Confirm and print this invoice, and present it to the school to create a purchase order.

Checks should be made out to the "Massachusetts Historical Society."  Mail the check to the following address:

Massachusetts Historical Society

c/o Kate Melchior

1154 Boylston Street

Boston MA 02215


Fee Assistance

If MHD registration fees or expenses are causing undue hardship for your school or any of your students, we can help!  Email education@masshist.org to discuss possibilities for MHD support.




Welcome MHD Judges!  Thank you again for volunteering to be a judge at the Mass History Day Greater Boston Competition on Sunday, March 8th 2020.   This contest will take place at Stoneham Middle School (101 Central St, Stoneham, MA 02180).

If you haven't registered yet, you can sign up and indicate your judging preferences at our Greater Boston Judges Registration Page (TBA).

Below you will find information on what to expect before and during the competition, as well as information on other regional and state competitions. You will also receive more information from your coordinator as the contest approaches.  If you still have questions, email Regional Coordinator Paula Sampson at greaterbostonmhd@gmail.com for more information.

Thank you for supporting our students, and we look forward to seeing you at our competition!

Judging Assignments

  • Once we receive everyone's judging registrations and preferences, you will receive an email with your judging assignment.  We try to ensure that everyone is assigned to one of their top three choices for project categories.

  • IMPORTANT: If you cannot keep your judging commitment, please let coordinators know as soon as possible so that we can make alternative plans. 

  • Where some of our project categories only received one or two entries, we sometimes assign judges to multiple categories and you may be asked to evaluate two documentaries, two performances, etc.  

Prior to Competition

  • Those who are assigned to judge websites and papers will receive their assignments approximately a week in advance.  You will be able to read through and make notes on your assigned projects, and on the day of the competition you will be performing interviews only. 

  • Judges working with exhibitsperformances, or documentaries will be viewing your projects and performing interviews on the day of the competition.  You will not have any advance work to do.

Day of the Competition

  • On March 7th, all judges should arrive by 8:00 AM.  Orientation will last until 8:45, and judging will commence at 9:00.  Breakfast and coffee will be provided. 

  • Depending on your category, judging will last until 10:45-11:30 (in an ideal world without delays).  You will receive schedules of judging times prior to the competition—these times also includes scheduled breaks for judges.

  • After your interviews are over, you will return to the judging room to deliberate with your co-judges, decide on your scores, and write your comments.  Be prepared for this to take some time!  You want to make sure to give students constructive comments, particularly if they are advancing to the next round.  You will receive more guidance on this during your orientation.  Lunch will be served for judges and volunteers at this time as well.

  • After you submit your scores, you are welcome to stay for the awards ceremony, but it is not required.  You will also have time if you choose to view other projects.

Judging Materials

If you want to read up on judging ahead of time, here are some materials that can help you prepare:

MHD Competition:

Contest Rule Book

2019 NHD Theme Book

Judge Instructions by Project Category:

Documentary Judge Instructions

Exhibit Judge Instructions

Paper Judge Instructions

Performance Judge Instructions

Website Judge Instructions




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