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
Opens Saturday, January 1 Monday, January 9
Closes Friday, January 29
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Registration Fee: $10.00 per student
Due February 25
Send all payments to:
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
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.
Nemaha Valley Museum Award: THIS AWARD WILL NOT BE PRESENTED IN THE 2020-21 CONTEST YEAR
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)