Peru District Contest

Note:  The Peru Contest will be virtual this year, instructions for exhibit and performance submittals are available in the registration system and below!


Friday, February 10, 2023

Registration Guides


Teachers                       Students

Opens     Saturday, January 1   Monday, January 9


Closes                    Friday, January 29

Click on the buttons to register.

Closes     Wednesday, February 1

                 11:59 PM (Central)


ALL categories will be judged virtually.

All entries much be submitted to the registration system by the submission deadline.

Only Exhibit and Performance categories have a change in format for virtual contests.  Click below for the guidelines.

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

Weeping Water High School

Payment Information

Registration Fee: $10.00 per student

Due February 25

Send all payments to:

Jason Phillips

600 Hoyt Street

Peru, NE 68421

Please make all checks out to:

Peru State College History Day

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: trophy for best individual or group entry that focuses on an historical event or innovation in Nebraska

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

The Mayhew Cabin Award: an award for the best individual or group entry that uses 19th Century African-American history. A book will be awarded.

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.


The museum is sponsoring two $50 cash awards (one junior division and one senior division) for entries with any type of connection to Nemaha County or southeast Nebraska. The projects will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Nemaha County topic (10 points)

  • Connection to southeast Nebraska topic (counties surrounding Nemaha County; 5 points)

  • Use of primary source material (10 points)

  • Use of oral history (10 points)

  • Use of Nemaha Valley Museum resources (this needs to be referenced in the annotated bibliography; 10 points)


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