Please click the link above to see a full list of 1st-3rd place winners.

Presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the University of Tennessee Department of History (with additional support from the UT College of Arts and Sciences and Humanities Center).

Thanks also to our presenting sponsors, Jenny and Randy Boyd, and venue sponsors, Regions Bank and Tennessee Theatre.

Congratulations to all the participants of the district competition held in downtown Knoxville at the UT Conference Center, East Tennessee History Center, and Tennessee Theatre on March 4, 2016. 1st and 2nd place winners will advance to Tennessee's National History Day competition in Nashville (April 9), and then those placing 1st and 2nd at the state competition will be eligible to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland College Park in June.

2016 East Tennessee History Day

Updated as of March 1, 2016 (emails since this date are the most current info)

Welcome to the 15th Annual East Tennessee History Day

University of Tennessee Conference Center, 600 Henley Street, Knoxville (All Junior Categories except for Junior Exhibits and all Senior Categories except for Websites)
East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville (Junior Exhibits and Senior Websites)
Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street, Knoxville (Opening Session and Awards Ceremony)

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. Additional sponsorships provided by the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences and Humanities Center, Regions Bank, and The Tennessee Theatre.

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.

Contest Day Information --Please reference the Teacher/Parent Letter emailed to all teachers for more details...

Registration: 8:15-9:30
Welcome Ceremony: 9:15-10:00
First Round Judging: 10:30-12:45 
Final Round Judging: 12:45-1:45 (Junior Group Performers will need to return to the UT Conference Center for announcement of final round competitiors--everyone else is released after their first round judging. Return to Tennessee Theatre for Awards Ceremony)
Awards Ceremony: 2:15-3:30 or 3:45

Registration will be held in the East Tennessee History Center on the first floor.  Teachers only can register students and only once they know all students who are competing are present. All materials will be grouped in one packet per teacher.

Senior Exhibits and Junior and Senior Performances: You will be able to unload materials on the Locust Street side of the UT Conference Center building, which will be the side all participants will enter on. Parking closest to the Conference Center 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 to the west and Walnut to the east. Click here for more maps and directions. All Categories except for Junior Exhibits and Senior Websites will compete on the 4th floor of the Conference Center. We will have plenty of volunteers available to provide directions and assistance.

Junior Exhibits and Senior Websites will compete in the East Tennessee History Center at the corner of Clinch Avenue and Gay Street, across from the Tennessee Theatre. Exhibits can be unloaded along either Gay Street or Clinch Ave., but cars and busses will need to be quickly moved on to parking as soon as unloading has taken place. The State Street Garage or Locust Street are convenient to the History Center (State Street is closest but Locust Street is west of the History Center if you have already turned west on Clinch Ave.--turn right on Walnut Ave. off of Clinch and pull left into the parking garage if you want to park in the Locust Street Garage). Both garages, and the Market Square Garage are found on the city map linked above and are $7.00 per day maximum. $1.00 per hour up to the$7.00. Other garages and surface lots have more expensive rates.

Bus Parking is behind the Tennessee Theatre on State Street, against the curb and directly ahead on State Street behind the Regal Theatre and across from the State Street Garage.

For East Tennessee History Center competition, enter the building at the corner of Clinch Ave. and Gay Street across from the Tennessee Theatre. Junior Exhibits will be in the first floor auditorium. Senior Websites will be in the 3rd floor computer classroom of the McClung Historical Collection.

For UT Conference Center competition, all rooms are on the 4th floor of the building. Enter off of Locust Street. There will be volunteers to direct and assist. 

Opening and awards ceremony in the Tennessee Theatre. The UT Conference Center is three blocks west on Clinch Ave. from the Theatre. The History Center is across the street at the Corner of Clinch Ave. and Gay Street. At most, participants will be walking only 3 blocks up and down Clinch Ave.

There will be 30 minutes between the opening session and the start of judging, plenty of time to make the walk necessary.

Lunch on your own at one of the great places on Market Square or Gay Street, within 1-2 blocks walk from buildings.

EXHIBIT ROOMS open only to competing students, staff, judges, and volunteer assistants (there to help students with lifting, measuring, etc.) before and during competition. Students can have parent and teacher assistance getting exhibits into the main building and up to the judging room but will need to wait outside the room. We will make sure to have assistance for students inside the room if needed. Exhibit rooms will be open to the public by 1:00 p.m. for viewing. 

DOCUMENTARY STUDENTS make sure you bring a back-up for your documentary to be played on via thumdrive or DVD. In case the wi-fi crashes in the building or something doesn't work, you will have a laptop, copy of the documentary and speakers to make sure the judges can see.

PAPERWORK COPIES... please bring 5-6 copies of your process paper and bibliography, except for papers and websites which do not require you to bring copies.

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 includes 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 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!