National History Day in PA


The Army Heritage Center Foundation is the sponsoring organization for National History Day in Pennsylvania (NHD in PA).

NHD engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, web sites and papers based on research related to an annual theme. The 2017 theme is "Taking a Stand in History." Individually or in teams of two to five, the students will research an issue or historical event characterized by controversy, arguement, and negotiation to discover and explain the success or failure of a particular approach and the consequences of the outcome. Student projects are evaluated at local, regional, state, and national competitions.


Participants in the NHD program include:

  • Students
  • Teachers
  • College and University Staff and Personnel in the Social Studies Field
  • Staffs of Libraries, Museums, Members, and Archives
  • Community Members with an interest in education

StudentsCelebratingNationalHistoryDayThe NHD program serves as a vehicle to teach students important literacy skills and to engage them in the use and understanding of museum and library resources. The program inspires students to study local, regional, or state history, and then challenges them to expand their thinking and apply that knowledge to the national or even worldwide scene. The program also teaches students to become technologically literate through the use of computer and Internet research methods, and the use of technologically advanced applications in their presentations.


National History Day Contest Rule Book

2018 Theme: Conflict and Compromise in History

State Contest Date:  Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, 2018

Location:  Carlisle High School, 623 West Penn Street, Carlisle, PA 17013

For more information, contact the Foundation at or 717-258-1102

For ways in which to support the program, click here.

Regional Coordinators and NHD in PA Advisory Committee
R1: Counties: Erie, Warren, Crawford, McKean
Competition: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Dr. Judson Herrman
Allegheny College
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone:  814-332-4342

R2: Counties: Luzerne (except Hazleton School District), Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Pike, Wayne, Wyoming,
Monroe, and Sullivan
Competition: Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Misericordia University
Jennifer M. Black, Ph.D
Misericordia University
Dallas, PA 18612

R3: Counties: Butler, Mercer, Lawrence, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Beaver
Competition: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Dr. Patricia Clark
Westminster College
New Wilmington, PA 16172
Phone: 724-946-7248
Fax: 724-946-7256

R4: Counties: Armstrong, Indiana, Jefferson, Clearfield, Cambria, Elk, Westmoreland*
Competition Date: April 6, 2018
Dr. Werner Lippert.
History Dept., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Keith Hall
Indiana, PA 15705

R5: Counties: Clinton, Clearfield, Centre, Mifflin, Montour, Juniata, Snyder, Union, and Northumberland
Competition Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018  (Saturday, March 24, 2018, Snow Date)
Ms. Diane Hubona
345 Link Road
West Decatur, PA 16878
Phone: 814-342-0884

R6: Counties and Schools: Hazleton School District (Luzerne), Schuylkill, Columbia, Carbon, Lehigh, and
Competition: TBA
Michael Kattner
c/o Army Heritage Center Foundation
950 Soldiers Drive P.O. Box 839
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 570-599-1KEY (Please leave message)

R7: Counties: Allegheny, Washington, Greene, Fayette, Westmoreland*, Somerset
Competition: Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh
Juniors: TBA
Seniors: TBA
Mariruth Leftwich
NHD Pittsburgh Coordinator
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-454-6314
Fax: 412-454-6030
Web site: Heinz History Center

R8: Counties: Cumberland, Adams, Franklin, Dauphin, Perry, Fulton
Competition: March 3, 2018
Cathay Snyder, History Department
Messiah College
One College Avenue
Suite 2051
Mechanicsburg,, PA 17055
Phone: 717-766-2511, ext. 3948

R9: Counties: Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, York
Competition: March 3, 2018, Kutztown University
Snow Date: TBA 
Jeffrey G. Hawks, Acting Regional Coordinator
950 Soldiers Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 717-258-1102

R10: Counties: Delaware, Chester
Competition: Judge Training - TBA
SENIOR Division - TBA
JUNIOR Division - TBA
For more information, please visit:
Elizabeth Laurent
Chester County Historical Society
225 North High Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610-692-4800 ext. 202
Fax: 610-692-4357

R11: Counties: Bucks, Montgomery
Competition: TBA
Melissa Jay, Coordinator of Education and Outreach Programs
Bucks County Historical Society
84 South Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: 215-345-0210, ext. 125
Fax: 215-230-0823
For more information, please visit

R12: County: Philadelphia
SENIOR Division - Wednesday, March 14, 2018
JUNIOR Division - Thursday, March 15, 2018
V. Chapman-Smith
Andrea Reidell
The National Archives at Philadelphia
Phone: 415-735-8890

*Westemorland County is divided between NHD in PA Region 4 and NHD in PA Region 7 by school district as follows:

Region 4

Kiski Area, Ligonier Valley, Derry Area, Monessen City, Mount Pleasant Area, Greater Latrobe, Greensburg Salem, Hempfield Area, Jeannette City, Southmoreland

Region 7

New Kensington-Arnold, Burrell, Franklin Regional, Penn Trafford, Norwin, Belle Vernon Area, Yough, Diocese of Greensburg