National History Day

Join us on March 17th!

What is National History Day?

Each year, thousands of middle and high school students and teachers across the United States participate in National History Day, a year-long educational program that culminates in a national contest every June. Students prepare original projects using primary sources and compete in a local contest. The winners move on to a state competition. Those winners move on to the national competition in Washington. Along the way, every participant gains first-hand experience conducting historical research and analysis and by producing a documentary, exhibit, essay, performance, or website. Through this journey of exploration students learn to synthesize information and develop balanced conclusions based on their findings.

Important Dates

  • January 25 - Project Registration opens
  • February 8 - Project registration closes; Deadline for web and paper entries.
  • March 16 - NHD Philly Junior Division competition
  • March 17 - NHD Philly Senior Division competition
  • May 10-11 - NHD in PA competition, Millersville University

This year's theme

National History Day welcomes you to explore the theme, Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History, during the 2015- 2016 academic year. This theme is broad enough in scope to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local to world history and across any geographic area or time period. Consider this theme an invitation to look across time, space, and geography to find examples in history of when people took a risk and made a change.