Important Dates & Times

Monday November 18, 2019 at 12:00 AM
Friday February 07, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Friday March 06, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Friday March 06, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Friday March 06, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Friday March 06, 2020 at 9:00 AM

As a recognized regional affiliate of the National History Day project, we follow NHD rules and procedures. 

Here is a link to the NHD Contest rulebook- Contest-Rule-Book.pdf

4th Annual Texarkana Regional History Day Competition


My name is Craig M Nakashian, and I am an Associate professor of History at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, and the chair of the History department here. The National History Day competition is an entertaining way for students to engage with historical topics, enhance research and communication skills, and develop a love of the study of History. I invite you to peruse the National History Day website ( to learn more about the initiative.

The competition is open to students from 6th-12th grades divided into two divisions (6th-8th, 9th-12th) and consists of nine categories. Students can choose to write an historical essay, create a documentary (individually or as a group), create a website (individually or as a group), do a creative performance (individually or as a group), or create a physical exhibit (individually or as a group). These projects are organized around a broad theme developed by the National History Day organization- this year’s theme is Breaking Barriers in History. This gives students and teachers great flexibility in coming up with historical topics for investigation.

The winners in each category are invited to the state competition (usually held in April). From there, students can advance to the national competition held in June.

Please let me know if you have any questions, 

Craig M Nakashian ( 


Public Display

Visitors are welcome to tour the exhibit hall beginning at 9:00. 

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Texarkana Regional History Day Competition!

Texas A&M Texarkana University Center (the UC)- Main_Campus_Map_October_2017.pdf

7101 University Avenue, Texarkana, Texas 75503

Tentative Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                            Registration

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.                            Judges Orientation: Texar Room (UC 116) 

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.                            Exhibit Set Up: 1st and 2nd floor of the UC

                                                                 ALL Exhibits must be setup by 9:00 a.m.    

8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m.                              Welcome (Eagle Hall)

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.                         Judging and Interviews


                                                                  Individual: 2nd floor of the UC

                                                                  Group:  1st floor of the UC 

                                                                Website/Paper Interviews: UC 235


                                                                  Individual: 217

                                                                  Group: 210


                                                                 Individual: 249

                                                                 Group: 241

11:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.                  Awards Ceremony: Eagle Hall (1st floor of UC)

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.                  Exhibit Breakdown                                                              




Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

The following information can also be found at-

Here are instructions for each category:






You can also review a sample judging sheet- SampleJudgingSheets.pdf

Historical Quality (60%)

  • Historical accuracy
  • Historical context
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Use of available primary sources
  • Wide research
  • Balanced research

Relation to Theme (20%)

  • Clearly relates to theme
  • Demonstrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions

Clarity of Presentation (20%)

  • Presentation, written materials are original, clear, appropriate, organized and articulate
  • Entry is organized; visual impact is appropriate to topic



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