At the National Finals, top finishers from each of the Regional Finals challenge for the title of National Champion! We are pleased to announce that the National History Bee’s 2015 National Finals event will be held on the weekend of Memorial Day (May 22-24, 2015) in Louisville, Kentucky. As with Regional Finals, participants will be separated into Middle (7th-8th grade) and Elementary (6th grade and younger) Divisions based on their grade.
Bee Check-In will take place in the Louisville Marriott (280 W Jefferson St.). The Opening Meeting will take place in the Kentucky International Convention Center which is connected to the Louisville Marriott via skyway. Preliminary Rounds will take place in the Louisville Marriott Downtown, the Hyatt Regency Louisville, and the Convention Center.
9:00am – 11:00pm Bee Check-In (Kentucky Ballroom E)
8:00am – 12:30pm US Geography Olympiad
1:00pm – 3:00pm Subject Exams
3:00pm – 6:00pm National Citizenship Bee
6:30pm – 9:30pm Pop Culture Challenge
7:00am – 8:00am (Last Minute) Bee Check-In (Kentucky Ballroom E)
8:30am – 9:00am Opening Meeting (Convention Center Hall 1AB)
9:30am – 12:00pm Rounds 1-5
1:30pm – 4:00pm Rounds 6-10
5:30pm – 6:00pm Championship Meeting (Convention Center Hall 1AB)
6:00pm – 8:00pm Championship Rounds**
**All National History Bee activities will be complete by 8pm on Saturday evening.
Qualification / Registration
Participants must have qualified at one of the 2015 Regional Finals. To participate, the qualified students must submit a Registration Form. Qualified students received this form at the Regional Finals event. A copy can be found HERE.
The Official Rules for the 2015 National Finals can be found HERE.
We have reserved a block of rooms at four hotels in Downtown Louisville: Marriott, Hyatt Regency, SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites. All hotels are offering rooms to History Bee participants at a specially negotiated rate of $129 through Sunday, May 10. At this point, the Marriott and Hyatt Regency are sold out. There are still rooms available at the SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites. These hotels are a two block walk from the Convention Center and include both WiFi and breakfast in their rate.
The National History Bee will be hosting a series of side competitions and activities on Friday, May 22nd for any National Finals competitors who would like to participate. These events are optional, but we hope you’ll join us! All three events will take place on the second floor of the Marriott. Please check-in 15min prior to the event in Marriott Ballroom VI.
(8:00 am-12:30 pm) On Friday morning, the US Geography Olympiad will be conducting its Middle/Elementary National Championship. Participating students must have earned a qualifying score on the US Geography Olympiad National Qualifying Exam. For more information and to register, please visit
(1:00-3:00 pm) These multiple choice exams test students’ knowledge of a variety of Social Studies topics. Students can register by submitting the official National Finals Registration Form that they received at the Regional Finals. A copy can be found HERE.
(3:00-6:00 pm) This buzzer-based competition tests students’ knowledge of Civics, US Government, Current Events and “Americana”. Students register by submitting the official National Finals Registration Form that they received at the Regional Finals event. A copy can be found HERE.
(6:30-9:30 pm) This buzzer-based competition tests students’ knowledge of movies, music, sports and other cultural phenomena that have shaped America. Students register by submitting the official National Finals Registration Form that they received at the Regional Finals event. A copy can be found HERE.
Sunday – Bowl
The National History Bee’s 2015 National Finals will be paired with the National History Bowl Championship (a team event) on Sunday, May 24th. The National History Bowl is a completely separate competition for teams of students who represent their school. For more information about the event, how to qualify and how to register, please visit ms.historybowl.com