NHD, a non-profit education organization, offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high school students around the world annually in conducting and presenting original research on historical topics. National History Day breathes life into traditional history curriculum by engaging students and teachers in a hands-on and in-depth approach to studying the past. By focusing on a theme, teams of 2-5 students are introduced to a new organizational structure of learning history. Teachers are supported in introducing highly complex research strategies to students.

When NHD is implemented in the classroom, students are involved in a life-changing learning experience! Through participation in the contest, students will experience benefits beyond learning about interesting issues, ideas, people, and events of their choosing. Students will hone their expressive abilities as they demonstrate command of their topic and present work in one of the competition’s formats.

For more information regarding NHD, contact:

NHD in PA State Coordinator:
Jeff Hawks

NHD Region 5 Coordinator:
Dr. Dawn Hayes
CIU10 Director of Curriculum & Innovation

About the Competition

Eligible Region 5 counties include:

Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union.

Students can enter one of the following categories:

Groups can consist of two to five students.

  • Historical paper—a traditional research composition; individual entries only.
  • Exhibit—similar to a museum exhibit; individual or group entries.
  • Performance—a dramatic portrayal of a topic; individual or group entries.
  • Documentary—a multi-media production created to detail a topic; individual or group entries.
  • Website—a website designed to explore a topic in detail; individual or group entries.

National History Day has two divisions:

Junior Division (grades 6-8)
Senior Division (grades 9-12)

Students compete at several levels of competition:

Local—a school may hold an event to highlight student accomplishments and narrow down regional participants, if necessary.
Regional—Regional competitions are held in the spring. Students must compete on the regional level, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category advancing to state.
State—the state contest is held in early May. 1st and 2nd place finishers win the right to compete at the national level.
Nationals—Nationals are held at the University of Maryland, College Park in June.