Important Dates & Times

Monday January 13, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Monday February 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Sunday March 29, 2020 at 7:30 AM
Sunday March 29, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Sunday March 29, 2020 at 9:30 AM
Sunday March 29, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Hofstra University is proud to sponsor Long Island History Day (LIHD), a yearlong, research-based educational program that encourages middle school and high school students to explore local, state, national, and world history. The program, highly regarded by Long Island public and private schools alike, culminates in a regional competition held annually here at Hofstra.  Students from across Long Island will select a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, and conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums and oral history interviews.  The students analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, and create final projects in one of five different categories: Historical Paper, Documentary, Performance, Website or tabletop Exhibit.  The students then present their final projects at the LIHD Competition at Hofstra, where each student (or group of students) will be evaluated, based on specific criteria, by judges comprised of professional historians and educators.

On March 29, 2020, over 700 enthusiastic middle school and high school students will come to Hofstra with hopes to achieve top scores at LIHD in order to be chosen as one of 54 winning project entries to advance to the New York State History Day competition which will be held on April 27, 2020 in Cooperstown, New York.  Winners from the state competition will be eligible to represent New York at the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland which will be held June 14 – 18, 2020.


All Exhibits will be open to public viewing from 3 - 4 pm on March 29th in the Multi Purpose Room and Cafeteria in the Student Center.

Contest day is Sunday, March 29, 2020 with check in at the at the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center on North Campus at Hofstra University.

Check In opens at 8:30 am: student registration folders and a special gift will be distributed here. 

Exhibit Set Up starts at 9:00 am.

Judging for all categories begins at 9:30 am.  Run Offs for Documentaries and Performances will be posted at 1:30 pm on the monitors in the Student Center.

Exhibits will be open for public viewing from 2:30 - 3:30 pm.  Exhibit breakdown begins at 3:30 pm.

The Awards Center begins promptly at 5 pm in the Mack Sports Arena on North Campus.

GOOD LUCK to all competitors and thank you for participating in the 2020 Long Island History Day contest at Hofstra University!




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

Judge Criteria

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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