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Sac History Day – Poster

Guidelines, Rules, and Submission Instructions

You will submit your poster and all paperwork as one PDF file. You will also submit a separate image (PNG file) of your poster for the Showcase Event.

You may start with a traditional (2-D) poster created with images and text glued to a display board OR create a digital poster from the start using design software. Whichever method you use, your final poster must be submitted as a PDF file. Please be sure to follow all of the rules for the poster category.


Preparing a Traditional Poster for NHD-CA

If you created a traditional poster, you must do the following:

  • Ask your teacher or a parent to help you take a high resolution photo of your poster.

    • We recommend doing this outside to reduce/eliminate glare.

    • Be sure to get close enough to include the entire poster in the photo.

  • Open the JPG photo and save or export it
    as a PDF. Also save a version as a PNG.

  • Check to make sure that the text and images on your poster are readable when enlarged on a computer.

Preparing a Digital Poster for NHD-CA

You may create your digital poster using ANY program you prefer. Examples: Google Draw, Google Slides, Word, Canva, Indesign.


Digital Poster Rules

The poster entry must conform to these rules and guidelines:  

  1. Your poster must be one page.

  2. The layout dimensions must be no larger than 30” x 40”.

  3. The font size for headings, subheadings, text, and quotes must be 14 point font or larger.

  4. The font size for credits must be 10 point font or larger.

  5. Your poster must conform to all NHD-CA Poster rules


Prepare your Poster & Written Materials

Preparing your poster for submission is a three-step process.

STEP 1 - Combine your final poster and written materials as one combined PDF file in this order:

  1. Title Page

  2. Process Paper

  3. Annotated Bibliography

  4. Poster

Combining multiple PDF’s into one

Use the free software or to merge your PDFs into one. 


Save a PNG file of just your poster for the virtual showcase.


Naming your files. Save your combined PDF file and the PNG file with the following naming format:

    Division_Category_lastname(s).pdf  (or png)

       [separate last names by an underscore]


*NHD Rules can be found at:


Submit Your files

  • Click on your combined poster & ​written materials PDF (title page, process paper, annotated bibliography & Poster) and share it with ​(

  • Click on the ​final version of your poster PNG file​ (poster image only) and share it with ​(

What if my school Google or One Drive account does not allow me to share with someone outside of my school district?

Use a parent or teacher account to share your documentary. If you are still having problems or need assistance please contact your local history day coordinator.

What are the steps to share my documentary via Google Drive?

  • Right-click on the file you are submitting from your Google Drive.

  • Select the “Share” option from the menu.

  • Under People: enter the following gmail address: ​(insert google account)

  • Using the dropdown select "Can Edit"

  • Click the blue "Send" button.

What are the steps to share my documentary via One Drive? 

  • Right-click on the file you are submitting from your One Drive.

  • Select the “Manage Access” option from the menu.

  • Click the + next to Direct Access.

  • Enter the following gmail address:

  • Using the dropdown select "Can Edit"

  • Click the blue "Grant Access" button.

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