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.




CLICK HERE to download a registration packet.

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.


The 2017 NHD in PA State Contest will take place on May 12 and 13, 2017, at Carlisle Area High School, 623 W Penn St, Carlisle, PA 17013

2016 State Contest Results

National History Day Contest Rule Book

2017 Theme: Taking a Stand in History

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: TBA
Dr. Bemko
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814-732-1623

R2: Counties: Luzerne (except Hazleton School District), Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Pike, Wayne, Wyoming,
Monroe, and Sullivan
Competition: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Jennifer M. Black, Ph.D
Misericordia University
Dallas, PA 18612
For more information: NEPAhistoryday

R3: Counties: Butler, Mercer, Lawrence, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Beaver
Competition: March 2, 2017
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: TBA
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: February 18 at Lock Haven University
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: Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Jim Thorpe High School
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 4, 2017 
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 18, 2017 at Manheim Central High School - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Snow Date: March 25, 2017 
Wendy Toole, Coordinator
4045 Parkside Ct
Mount Joy, PA 17552
Phone: 717-201-3896

R10: Counties: Delaware, Chester
Competition: Judge Training - TBA
SENIOR Division - Friday, March 24, 2017
JUNIOR Division - Saturday, March 25, 2017
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: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
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
Competition: Judge Training: TBA, Junior Day: TBA, Senior Day: TBA
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