2016 East Tennessee History Day

Welcome to the 15th Annual East Tennessee History Day
University of Tennessee Conference Center, 600 Henley Street, Knoxville
Friday, March 4, 2016

Presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the University of Tennessee Department of History. Thanks also to our presenting sponsors Jenny and Randy Boyd and Steve A. South. Additioinal sponsorships provided by the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Tennessee Humanities Center.

Teacher Registration Deadline is January 15
Student Registration Deadline is February 1 for Northeast, East, Southeast, Middle, and West districts

Note to NHD students, teachers, and parents: 
All participating students (along with a sponsoring teacher) must register online to compete at East Tennessee History Day. Register on the Tennessee History Day homepage by clicking the "Begin Registration" icon located at the top of the right sidebar. Registration opens on January 1 and will remain open until February 1 at midnight. Once registration closes, it will not re-open. If you have any difficulties or questions about registration, please consult East Tennessee History Day Coordinator Lisa N. Oakley at 865-215-8828, or by e-mail at oakley@eastTNhistory.org.

Please note that the 2016 registation deadlines are the same across the state (with the exception of the North Middle district, which is earlier).  The student date is earlier than usual for East Tennessee District. Papers, websites, and documentaries must be completed and submitted by Feb. 1 as well.

Note to teachers/parents: There is no registration fee for participating in the District Competition.

Entry Limitations:  The limits for projects per school instituted prior to the 2016 contest are still in effect. In each category, there is a limit of 2 projects, per grade level, per school. For example, a school may bring 2 Individual Exhibits per grade level, 2 Group Exhibits per grade level, and so on for each category. The top 2 projects per category will advance from all district competitions to state (3rd place will serve as an alternate).

Paper entries: All students competing in the Paper category may submit their NHD Papers either by e-mail at oakley@eastTNhistory.org (please note "NHD Paper Entry" in subject title and please put the Title page, NHD Paper, and Annotated biography into 1 single file) by midnight February 1 or submit four (4) copies of their NHD paper POSTMARKED NO LATER than February 1 to the following address:

Lisa N. Oakley
Coordinator, East Tennessee History Day
East Tennessee Historical Society
P.O. Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901

Website entries: ALL WEBSITE ENTRIES ARE DUE AT MIDNIGHT FEBRUARY 1, at which time the district coordinator will close ALL student website entries for editing and distribute the website entry urls for Judging. Students will not be permitted access to the NHD Weebly Editor to make changes to their websites between February 1 and March 4.

MIDNIGHT, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016. Upload your final version for judging. Click here for complete instructions.


Upload Key

Jr. Ind.


Jr. Group


Sr. Ind.


Sr. Group


Contest Day Information (schedule TBA as date gets closer but will run between 8:30 and 3:30 or so most likely)
Welcome Ceremony: 
First Round Judging: 
Final Round Judging: 
Awards Ceremony: 

WHERE DO I UNLOAD EXHIBIT BOARDS OR PROPS FOR PERFORMANCES?: You will be able to unload materials on the Locust Street side of the building, which will be the side all participants will enter on. Parking will also be off of Locust Street in the Locust Street Garage, one block north of the Conference Center. Click here for a downtown Knoxville map. You will see the UT Conference Center facing Henley and Locust Streets, bordered by Clinch and Church Ave. You will also see a black "P" for the parking garage on Locust. Click here for more maps and directions.

Where Do I PARK? Locust Street Garage located at 540 Locust Street. Have parking ticket validated at registration for $5.00 parking. When leaving at the end of the day, please realize there will be a delay as everyone pays to leave the garage.

All rooms (except for a few senior documentary rooms which will be at the East Tennessee History Center, 3 blocks east at 600 Gay Street) are located in the Conference Center on the 4th floor of the buidling. Participants will enter off of Locust street via either door and proceed to the elevators at the end of the entry hall. Students who will be competing at the History Center will be able to walk easily from the Conference Center.

Registration for all students will take place in the Atrium area as you exit the elevators on the 4th floor. Enter off of Locust Street and follow entry hall to elevators.

We gratefully acknowledge the continued support of our prize sponsors for East Tennessee History Day.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Indian Creek Productions
Mrs. Judy Buscetta
Jenny and Randy Boyd are presenting sponsors for the East Tennessee History Day district competition. As a part of the Boyds' support, they sponsor a $500 East Tennessee History Day Award for a Junior Division project and two Senior Division scholarships (application required). The East Tennessee History Day Scholarship include a 1st and 2nd place award ($3,000 and $2,000 respectively), and the East Tennessee Business and Technology Scholarship includes a 1st place ($2,000) award. For more information on the Jenny and Randy Boyd awards and scholarships, as well as information on cash prizes for East Tennessee History Day, click here.

If you have any questions about the East Tennessee History Day contest, please contact one of the East Tennessee History Day contest coordinator: Lisa Oakley at 865-215-8828 or by e-mail at oakley@easttnhistory.org


East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) staff will provide free teacher workshops on the National History Day program. Schools and/or school districts are invited to schedule a workshop as an introduction to the NHD program and competition, or perhaps for more detailed nuts-and-bolts instruction, to go beyond the basic introduction to NHD to focus on researching and developing NHD projects (ETHS staff can model winning exhibit boards, documentaries, performances, and process papers with annotated bibliographies). If you are interested in scheduling a workshop, or just to talk more about NHD resources available in East Tennessee, please call Lisa Oakley (Co-Coordinator) at 865-215-8828 or e-mail oakley@easttnhistory.org. Let us know how we can help!