Sacramento County History Day is a yearlong educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national and world history using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews, and emphasizing both primary and secondary sources.
Winners, or qualifiers, from the county competition, generally held in March, progress on to the state competition. State winners go to the national competition.
In California, all students, grades 4th through 12th are eligible. 4th and 5th graders compete in a two-dimensional or poster competition. 6th through 12th grade projects can be in one of six categories: papers, exhibits, performances, websites, podcasts, or documentaries.
Each year a theme is selected. Themes include Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas and Turning Points in History.
Sacramento County has a Special Awards component where 10-15 sponsoring organizations, including the Museum of Medical History, give awards to students for the best projects in a topic relevant to the organization.
Sacramento County History Day is organized, and hosted, by the Sacramento County Office of Education.
Vivien Thomas: How Black, White, and Blue initiated a New Era of Cardiac Surgery and Established African Americans in Medicine.
Film by Naya and Kaser Winn, students at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, CA. This short documentary won Naya and Kaser a Sacramento County History Day award in 2023.