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Websites are an interactive, multi-layered means for communicating your interpretation of history. The website category is open only to schools whose teachers have taken the History Fair websites training. Teachers may contact CMHF for more details, or go to the Certification page now. Teachers must be certified by January 27. Upon receiving certification, teachers may allow students to build websites that can be entered into the History Fair competitions.

Training and certification is required for home-schooled  or independent students as well.  Please complete the Independent Scholar Form and CMHF will send you the link for training.

Please look at the following Website category resources in order:

Website Instructions

1.  Start your History Fair website project off right by watching the Prezi, "Digi-Telling History."

student prezi


Read the

website manual

3. Review the

website rules and guidelines

Look at the website examples

Check out even more examples from the National History Day:

The National History Day now offers Google Hangouts for each project category during the contest season. Students and teachers may join in or listen to previous hangouts at:

You are now ready to register for your History Fair website!


**Only websites built on this editor will be able to enter the History Fair**

The editing system will give you a URL that looks something like if the URL you are given does not begin with numbers, stop immediately and contact your teacher or the History Fair office. Once you register and get your site's URL, you MUST submit your URL, username, and password to the History Fair office.

Website How-To's

interactive website tutorial


Want to know what makes a website interactive and appealing to judges? Watch this video produced by a History Fair judge to learn more!

Recommended Editing Resources for Building your Website

History Fair Website Builder (REQUIRED)

• NHD Website Builder ( Students are ONLY allowed to use the NHD Website Builder to create and submit their websites.

A video tutorial in making an effective, creative website on Weebly:

Image Editing

• FotoFlexer (

• Adobe Photoshop Express (

• Pixlr (

Tube Chop

Microsoft Picture Manager, PowerPoint, or Publisher (It's an add-on to Mozilla Firefox ONLY and it allows the user to download the video file from the website. This allows the students to download the file they see on other websites and cut them in editing software like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker or similar programs. Then can then upload their clipped media to websites and cite them appropriately.)

Virtual Interviews

• Skype (

• Google Voice (

Rolling Transcriptions of Interviews of Other Unintelligible Audio

Document Sharing

• Google Docs (

Audio Recording and Editing

• Audacity (

• KeepVid (

• Realplayer (

YouTube Video Downloader  • KeepVid (

(Student tip: If you find sources on YouTube or Google Images, go to the original URL if possible then download from there. It is better in the bibliography than “YouTube”)

Notes and Citation Managers

• Zotero (

• Citation Machine (

• EasyBib (

Turabian style is also known as CMS or “Chicago” style; though the preferred method of citation, MLA is accepted as well


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