National History Day

The History Center is proud to be the regional home for the National History Day (NHD) competition. Hundreds of students participate in the competition each year which draws upon a unique historical theme and encourages participants 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.

Save the Date for National History Day Pittsburgh 2023!

NHD 2023

Heinz History Center

Theme: Frontiers in History: Peoples, Places, Ideas

Competition:

Junior Division: Saturday, March 18, 2023

Senior Division: Sunday, March 19, 2023

Resources for Teachers

These sessions are offered as additional resources for teachers to use to guide their students through the National History Day process. To sign up for a session or to learn more about National History Day, please contact nhd@heinzhistorycenter.org.

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.

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.

Bring your students to the Detre Library & Archives at the History Center for supported work time with our 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 per student and available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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 sign up for a session or to learn more about National History Day, please contact nhd@heinzhistorycenter.org.