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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Colorado History Day

National History Day in Colorado

Nomination for Special Awards

Students may self-nominate their entries for the 2015 contest as part of their registration process. Please note: Some special awards may require addition information. Check back for special award details.

Note: For entries in the Documentary category only, if you wish to be considered for a special award, we ask that you submit a copy of your documentary(DVD or a link to an online host site like YouTube), process paper, and annotated bibliography ahead of time so the special awards judges can review it before the contest. Please send all materials to the state History Day office by April 14th.

Topic Specific Special Awards

  • Best Entry on Colorado History (Sponsored by History Colorado): Prizes will be awarded to the best junior and the best senior INDIVIDUAL projects on a COLORADO HISTORY topic.
  • Best Group Project on Colorado History (Sponsored by Governor John Hickenlooper's office): Prizes will be awarded to the best GROUP (junior or senior) project on a COLORADO HISTORY topic.
  • Best Project on a Telecommunications Topic (Sponsored by the Telecommunications History Group)
  • Best Project on a topic related to William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody (Sponsored by the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave)
  • Best Project on Chief Niwot or the Arapaho (Sponsored by the Boulder History Museum)
  • Best Project on Hispanic History (Sponsored by Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia): Prize will be awarded to the best project related HISPANIC history.
  • Best Project on San Luis Valley History (Sponsored by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area)
  • Best Project on Transportation History (Sponsored by the Forney Museum of Transportation)
  • Best Project on Voting (Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Colorado): Projects about the history of voting are eligible for nomination.
  • Best Project related to Jewish History (Sponsored by the Mizel Museum): Prize will be awarded to the best project.
  • Best Use of Geography (Sponsored by the Colorado Geographic Alliance): Prizes will be awarded to a middle and high school project for the best examination of the role of geography in History Day presentations. Participants must submit a one-page, double-spaced essay that includes a brief statement of the topic, a discussion of role of geography as it applies to your topic and a statement about why you think geography is important in general. The single page should contain the name(s) of the student(s) completing the project, the category of competition, and the division. Statements from the process paper may be used in the geography essay. This essay will only be used by judges selected by the Colorado Geography Alliance in their assessment of the projects for the special award. The essay must be submitted to the Colorado Geographic Alliance by email ( no later than April 15th.
  • Best Use of Primary Sources on a Colorado Topic (Sponsored by the Colorado State Archives)
  • Charles Redd Award (Sponsored by Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University): Prizes will be awarded to the best junior and senior entries on WESTERN HISTORY topics
  • Governor's Residence Award (Sponsored by Governor's Residence Preservation Fund)

Category Specific Special Awards

  • Best Essay on Western History (Sponsored by the Center of the American West at CU Boulder): Prizes will be awarded for the best PAPER surrounding a western history topic.
  • Best Use of Primary Sources in a Paper (Sponsored by the Department of History, University of Colorado Denver): Prizes will be awarded to the best use of primary sources in a middle school and a high school PAPER.
  • Colorado Experience Best in Show Documentary (Sponsored by Rocky Mountain PBS-Colorado Experience): Prize will be awarded to the best COLORADO themed documentary.
  • Molly Brown Activism Award (Sponsored by the Molly Brown House Museum)
    A prize will be awarded for an outstanding project in key ares of activism covered in the life of Molly Brown, including suffrage, juvenile justice, and education. 
  • Most Creative Exhibit (Sponsored by the Optimist Club of South Monaco): Prizes will be awarded to the most creative junior and senior EXHIBIT.

Sponsor Organization Specific Awards

  • Best Use of Library of Congress Materials (Sponsored by Teaching with Primary Sources Colorado): Prizes will be awarded for the best project utilizing SOURCES FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ( in their project.