National History Day Pittsburgh | Junior Competition
Join the History Center for the region’s National History Day contest.
Thousands of students participate in National History Day each year. The Heinz History Center is proud to be the regional home for this competition, serving students from Allegheny, Washington, Greene, Fayette, Westmoreland, and Somerset counties. This year’s competition will be held in-person at the Heinz History Center on March 18-19, 2023.
National History Day (NHD) 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. Students can enter one of five categories—paper, performance, documentary, exhibit, or website. Students may enter as individuals or in teams of 2-5 for all categories except paper, in which students must compete individually. Students are split into a junior division (grades 6-8) and senior division (grades 9-12).
Each category is judged separately. First, second, and third place winners from both the junior and senior divisions move on to the state competition, which will be held on April 22-23, 2023, at the University of Scranton. The top winners from the state competition then move on to the national competition in June.