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National History Day

National History Day 2015

National History Day

The History Center serves as the regional host site for National History Day Pittsburgh, which serves students from Allegheny, Washington, Greene, Fayette, Westmoreland, and Somerset counties. Winners from the regional level compete at National History Day Pennsylvania.

National History Day encourages 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 state and possibly national competition.

National History Day Kickoff

Join us for a morning of nuts-and-bolts mini-sessions at our annual National History Day kickoff on Wednesday, Oct. 8th (Junior Division) and Thursday, Oct. 9th (Senior Division). Students and teachers will learn about this year’s theme, Leadership & Legacy in History, and hear about primary source research and writing annotated bibliographies. Students will be able to select three mini-sessions to see examples of entries and hear from judges about how to make a quality entry. This event fills up quickly; reserve your spot by calling Maggie Satler at 412-454-6304. Admission is free for students in schools that are new to NHD. For students who are veteran competitors, the cost is $6.

National History Day 2014 Winners

Junior Awards: Please download the document to see a list of winners from the Junior Competition on March 1.

Senior Awards: Please download the document to see a list of winners from the Senior Competition on March 2.

PA National History Day Registration Packet: Students who placed first, second, or third in the regional competition will be invited to compete at National History Day in Pennsylvania contest at Millersville University on Mon., May 12 and Tues., May 13, 2014. Please download the packet for registration information.

National History Day Competition Day Information


Warm Up for National History Day:
Compete at Primary Sources History Day at Cal U

The Primary Sources History Day Competition at California University of Pennsylvania is designed for students who have a special interest in history and a willingness to research, create, and share a project they are passionate about.

The competition gives local students an opportunity to develop as learners and to compete against one another and students from other area schools. It also helps to prepare them for entry into the regional National History Day at the Pittsburgh (NHD PITT) competition, which is held at the Senator John Heinz History Center in downtown Pittsburgh. There are no entry fees for the Cal U competition, and students receive helpful feedback to implement before they compete in the NHD PITT contest. For more information, please contact Michael J. Brna at brna@calu.edu or 724-938-6023.

For more information, please visit the Primary Sources History Day homepage.

Important Dates

  • Mon., Nov. 18, 2013: Registration opens
  • Tues., Jan. 21, 2014: Early Bird Registration for $12 per student fee
  • Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014, 5 p.m.: Registration for $15 per student fee
  • Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014: All fees and student registration forms postmarked
  • Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014: 4 copies of student papers for Historical Papers Category postmarked
  • Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014: All Weebly IDs submitted via email
  • Sat., March 1, 2014: Junior Level Competition
  • Sun., March 2, 2014: Senior Level Competition
  • May 12-13, 2014: State Level Competition at Millersville University
  • June 15-19, 2014: National Competition at the University of Maryland

Registration Resources

Rights and Responsibilities NHD 2014 Logo

Rights and Responsibilities:
National History Day 2014 Theme Information

Learn more at the National History Day website:

To get current information from the national office, "Like" National History Day on Facebook.
To get current information from the state office, "Like" National History Day in PA on Facebook.


Have a question? Check out the NHD Pittsburgh 2014 Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Us

Kate Lukaszewicz
NHD Pittsburgh Coordinator, Lead Educator
kalukaszewicz@heinzhistorycenter.org, 412-454-6314

Robert Stakeley
NHD Pittsburgh Registration Assistant, Education Programs Coordinator
rostakeley@heinzhistorycenter.org, 412-454-6359

Nate Rodda
NHD Pittsburgh Assistant, Educator
nrrodda@heinzhistorycenter.org, 412-454-6407

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