The 2022 Exhibits guidelines are different from previous years due to the virtual nature of the contest.
Find updated guidelines here
Tips for Students:
Credit to Amy Cohen for her tips
- Check judging sheet regularly to remember what's most important!
- Let your thesis be your guide; all material should support the thesis.
- Follow rules closely.
- The process paper should be detailed and flawless.
Organization-YOUR EXHIBIT SHOULD LOGICALLY PRESENT YOUR ANALYSIS OF A HISTORICAL TOPIC
- Prominent thesis
- Well-defined sections of your board; it should be easy for a viewer to be led through exhibit on their own
- Timeline if appropriate
- Avoid huge chunks of text; break into bullets
- Highlight unusual research, primary sources, interviews
Design/aesthetics-YOUR EXHIBIT SHOULD LOOK FANTASTIC!
- Appropriate, consistent color scheme (fabric, paint, or spray paint board) - don't leave plain white
- Appropriate, consistent and LARGE font - no 12 pt Times New Roman!
- Mount everything - don't stick directly on board on card stock or foam board if possible)
- Make straight cuts - don't use foam board if you don't have the cutting tools; use paper cutter for paper
- Use clear, colorful, varied, and interesting images
- PDF's, not printouts of news articles
- If appropriate, show person, not just a quote
- Avoid frequently used images
Creativity-YOUR EXHIBIT SOULD BE EXCITING, ORIGINAL, AND COMPELLING
- Consider altering shape of board and/or title board
- Make use of area in front of board
- Incorporate audio or visual components
- Perhaps include interactive features (lift the flap, primary sources in pockets, etc.)
- If appropriate to topic, use lighting that does not need to be plugged in
CAREFULLY PROOFREAD EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU PUT IT ON YOUR BOARD
- Be able to move and change things on your board until you've gotten feedback