National History Day

Hundreds of students throughout the region participate in National History Day Pittsburgh each year. The Heinz History Center is proud to be the regional home for this competition, which serves 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.

2023 NHD Competition Information

To participate in National History Day, teachers must register on zFairs. The zFairs platform will be used for registration, submission of student work, and judging. Teachers should register first, then students can create their accounts and register.


Registration Opens – Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, at 8 a.m.

Registration Deadline – Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023, at 9 p.m.

Online Submission Deadline – Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at 9 p.m.

Junior Division Competition – Saturday, March 18, 2023

Senior Division Competition – Sunday, March 19, 2023


The entry fee for the regional competition is $20 per student and must be paid by Feb. 22, 2023. The History Center offers a reduced fee of $15 per student for Title I schools. If the cost is still prohibitive, please contact us. We will do our best to ensure all students are able to participate.

Save the Date for National History Day Pittsburgh 2023!

NHD 2023

Heinz History Center

Theme: Frontiers in History: Peoples, Places, Ideas


Junior Division: Saturday, March 18, 2023

Senior Division: Sunday, March 19, 2023

Program Support

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 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 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 find out more or to book a professional development opportunity, contact


For more information about National History Day, please contact National History Day Coordinator, Kaleigh Pare, at