East Tennessee History Day

To showcase student performances, exhibits, documentaries, papers, and websites for a chance at state and national competition


WHO: East Tennessee Historical Society and students from the East Tennessee Region


WHEN:  Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Judging at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Awards Ceremony at 2:40 p.m.


WHERE: University of Tennessee Knoxville Student Union, 1502 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916

East Tennessee History Day is a regional competition of National History Day. 146 students representing 14 schools throughout East Tennessee have advanced to Knoxville to compete in person for the opportunity to represent the East Tennessee Region at the state contest in Nashville (sponsored by the Tennessee Historical Society) in April. Throughout the year, students have researched topics surrounding the 2022-2023 theme Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas. Students will be presenting their research and competing in one of five categories – exhibits, performances, papers, documentaries, and websites.


National History Day (NHD) grew out of a history fair that originated in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1974 and quickly expanded to numerous states, with the first national competition held in 1980 in Washington, D.C. Each year, roughly one million students participate in the NHD program. National History Day competitions engage middle and high school students in discovering the historical, cultural, and social experiences of the past through conducting extensive research, interpreting information, and drawing conclusions. For more information, visit nhd.org.