National History Day

National History Day encourages students in grades 6-12 to conduct rigorous historic research and to defend their final product in front of a panel of judges.

This project-based learning model empowers students to select their own topics related to a central theme and to produce a historic paper, website, documentary, live performance, or exhibit board. Students learn to identify and evaluate primary and secondary sources, to move beyond descriptive narratives of events to analysis of events, and to write annotated bibliographies.

For more information, go to nhd.org or contact School and Teacher Programs Coordinator Amanda McAllen at 412-454-6314 or nhd@heinzhistorycenter.org.

2018 NHD Competition Information

Registration will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
Cost: $20.00 per student

Middle School Competition Day: Saturday, March 10, 2018
High School Competition Day: Sunday, March 11, 2018

NHD Kickoff

Our kickoff event in the fall helps to prepare teachers and students to begin their research and projects.

National History Day Kickoff: Thursday, October 5, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

Registration: Pre-registration is required by September 28, 2017. Register.

Cost: Free for schools participating in National History Day for the first time and $5.00 per student for veteran schools.

National History Day 2017 Winners

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.

Program Support

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.
Available September through December.

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 have one-to-one technology devices available 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. Students will analyze and evaluate original primary sources firsthand from the collection at the Detre Library & Archives. This program will be most appropriate for students who are researching local topics.
Cost: $8.00 per student and available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Teacher Professional Development: The History Center provides professional development for teachers who participate in NHD, including general introductions to the NHD competition and the value of participating, how to help students find primary resources to strengthen their projects, and strengthening historic interpretation for NHD projects.

To find out more or to book a professional development opportunity, contact School and Teacher Programs Coordinator Amanda McAllen at 412-454-6314 or nhd@heinzhistorycenter.org.

Contacts

For more information about National History Day, please contact nhd@heinzhistorycenter.org.