National History Day

Hundreds of students throughout the region participate in the annual National History Day competition. The History Center is proud to be the regional home for this competition, which serves students from Allegheny, Washington, Greene, Fayette, Westmoreland, and Somerset counties.

National History Day draws upon a unique historical theme each year and encourages middle school and high school students to research history in an exciting and creative way. Either individually or in groups, students create exhibits, produce documentaries, write papers, design websites, or stage performances.

Each activity is judged, and first, second, and third place winners move on to the state competition of National History Day Pennsylvania. The top winners from the state competition then move onto the national competition.

2017 NHD Competition Information

Theme: Taking a Stand in History

Important NHD Competition Dates

Opening date for NHD registration is forthcoming and is expected to be in January.

For further information and to download required forms for registration, please download the 2016-17 Kickoff Teacher Information Packet.

Online Registration Deadline ($15 per student)
All fees and student registration forms
4 copies of each student paper for Historical Papers
All Weebly IDs published/submitted for Website Category
Junior Division Competition
Senior Division Competition

State Competition

Location: Carlisle Area High School, Carlisle, Pa.
Dates: Friday, May 12, 2017 and Saturday, May 13, 2017

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 6, 2017
POSTMARKED by Feb. 6, 2017
POSTMARKED by Feb. 6, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017

National History Day 2016 Winners

King Family Awards for Excellence in History
Congratulations to The King Family Award winners who received cash prizes for their excellent work at National History Day.  The awards are given to students and teachers that have won first, second, or third place in the Historical Papers category and to all first place winners and their teachers in all other categories.

Available support for students and teachers

What is National History Day?: Bring History Center educators into your classroom to introduce students to this months-long research project. The staff will address a broad overview of the program, and components such as theme, thesis, and bibliography. Cost: $50 per class plus round-trip mileage. Financial aid is available for Title I schools.

Navigating Digital Sources: This session brings History Center staff into your school to teach students about using digital archives. This program calls for students to be in a computer lab and for an LCD projector. Cost: $50 per class plus round-trip mileage. Financial aid is available for Title I schools.

Navigating Archives: Bring your students to the Detre Library & Archives at the History Center for supported work time with History Center educators and archivists. This program will be most appropriate for students who are researching local topics. Cost: $8.00 per student and available on Mondays and Tuesdays.


For more information about National History Day, please contact