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Peru District Contest

Registration Guides

Click on the button

to register whether

you are a student, teacher,

or judge.


Friday, February 23, 2024


Teachers                       Students

Opens     Monday, January 1   Friday, January 12


Closes                    Wednesday, January 31

Closes     Friday, February 16

                 11:59 PM (Central)


ALL written components (for all categories)

must be submitted in advance (Feb 16), as well as, projects for historical paper and documentary.  Websites will automatically lock  by the submission deadline.  Exhibits and Performance projects will be shown only the day of the contest.

ATTENTION TEACHERS! If you are participating for the first time, you will need to contact the state office at BEFORE you try to register in order to have your school added into the system. If you are unsure, please check the list below to see which schools are currently in our system.

Both new and returning teachers need to have a completed registration prior to any students registering. In previous years, returning teachers were able to reuse their accounts. We have discontinued this practice. Teachers and students will be required to create a new account each contest year.

Feel free to create an account with the same username and password each year. All teacher data will be wiped from the system at the start of each contest year, so you do not need to be concerned with accidentally creating duplicate accounts or having students register under various duplicate teacher accounts.

If you forget your password, you can click the “Forgot My Password” button or you can email the state office at to reset it.

Thank you for your cooperation and your involvement in Nebraska National History Day! 


Here are the schools that are currently in our system:

Areopagus Home School

Auburn Middle/High School

Conestoga Junior/Senior High School

Elmwood-Murdock Junior/Senior High School

Falls City High School

Falls City Middle School

Family of Unpretentious Nerds

Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer Public Schools

Johnson-Brock Public Schools

Johnson County Central High School

Johnson County Middle School

Lewiston High School

Louisville Public Schools

Lourdes Central Catholic School

Nebraska City High School

Nebraska City Middle School

Palmyra Junior/Senior High School

Pawnee City Secondary School

Plattsmouth High School

Plattsmouth Middle School

St. John the Baptist School

Sterling High School

Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca Public Schools

Twenty-Fourth Street Academy

Weeping Water High School

Payment Information

Registration Fee: $10.00 per student

Due February 23

Send all payments to:

Jason Phillips

600 Hoyt Street

Peru, NE 68421

Please make all checks out to:

Peru State College History Day

Note: Individual students should make payments to teachers. Then teachers can send a check for all their students to Peru State College.

Special Awards for Peru State College's District History Day Contest

Tested for Excellence Awards: For the eighteenth year in a row, the Peru State College Foundation will award scholarships to all winners in the senior division, in both individual and group contests. The specifics of the award are as follows:

  • $500 tuition grant to Peru State College

  • Grants may only be used for tuition costs of on-campus classes

  • Grants may not be used for early entry or online courses

We Proceeded On Special Award: presented to a junior-level individual or group entry that displayed extraordinary leadership in promoting a cause or idea. The award will include:

  • A one year pass (for awardee and immediate family) to the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center in Nebraska City

  • A copy of the book Undocumented Journey by Stephen Ambrose

  • A certificate

Michelle A. Broady Award for Extraordinary Determination:

  • Sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta, PSC's History Honor Society

  • Must be nominated by a sponsoring teacher no later than one week before the contest to Dr. Jason Phillips

  • Members of PSC's PAT will review nominations and make the award presentation

The Kregel Windmill Museum Award: special award for the best entry on a subject dealing with machinery used in agriculture, past or present.

Peru Historical Foundation Award: award for best individual or group entry that focuses on an historical event or figure with ties to Southeast Nebraska

Sara B. Crook Award: presented in honor of Dr. Sara B. Crook for her decades of service to Peru State College and the Peru District History Day Contest. This $100 award is sponsored and judged by Peru State College's Social Science Club. This special award will be presented to best individual entry on women in history.

Nebraska City Museum Association Award: Best use of a museum archive or collection (ie. photographs, video, audio, documents, etc.)

Arbor Lodge Award: an award for the best individual entry on the environment and/or Nebraska. The book It Happened in Nebraska and a one-year individual "Explore It All" pass from Arbor Day Farm, Arbor Day Lodge, and Tree Adventure will be awarded.


Homestead National Historical Park Special Award

Homestead National Historical Park Award:  An award with individual trophies for best individual or group entry that mentions a National Park Service site in the entry and uses 2 primary sources or photos from a National Park Service website. Submissions that mention Native American history, the prairie ecosystem, agricultural history, or immigration history will also be considered. The winning individual or group will be invited to Homestead National Historical Park for a personal tour. Winner(s) who qualify for state will also have a project development session while at the Park.  


Dr. Jason Phillips

(402) 872-2237


600 Hoyt Street

Peru, NE  68421


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