National History Day in PA


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


NHDinPAlogoNHD 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.  Individually or in teams of two to five, students research a historical topic, develop a thesis, and create a project to present their argument.  Students enter their projects in local and regional competitions and compete for the opportunity to advance to higher levels of competition. 

StudentsCelebratingNationalHistoryDayThe NHD program teaches students important literacy skills and engages them in the use and understanding of museum and library resources. The program inspires students to study local, regional, or state history, and 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 and 2015 Rules Supplement

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 NHD in PA State Coordinator Jeff Hawks 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, and McKean
Competition: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Contact: 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
Contact: Ms. Jennifer M. Black, Ph.D
Misericordia University
Dallas, PA 18612
Phone: 570-674-1491

R3: Counties: Butler, Mercer, Lawrence, Venango, Forest, Clarion, and Beaver
Competition: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Contact: 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, and Westmoreland*
Competition Date: April 6, 2018
Contact: 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)  CLICK HERE to Register
Contact: 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
Contact: Mr. Michael Kattner
c/o Army Heritage Center Foundation
P.O. Box 839
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 570-599-1KEY (Please leave message)

R7: Counties: Allegheny, Washington, Greene, Fayette, Westmoreland*, and Somerset
Competition: Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh
Juniors: March 10, 2018
Seniors: March 11, 2018
Contact: Ms. 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, and Fulton
Competition: March 3, 2018
Contact: Ms. 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, and York
Competition: March 3, 2018, Kutztown University  CLICK HERE for information.
Snow Date: TBA 
Contact: Mr. Jeffrey G. Hawks, Acting Regional Coordinator
Army Heritage Center Foundation, P.O. Box 839, Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 717-258-1102

R10: Counties: Delaware and Chester
Competition: Judge Training - March 3, 2018 (Snow Makeup March 17, 2018)
SENIOR Division - Friday April 6, 2018
JUNIOR Division - Saturday April 7, 2018
For more information, please visit:
Contact: Ms. 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 and Montgomery
Competition: March 24th, 2018 at Ursinas College
Contact: Ms. 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

Contact: Ms. V. Chapman-Smith

or Ms. Andrea Reidell
The National Archives at Philadelphia
Phone: 415-735-8890

*Westmoreland 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, and Southmoreland

Region 7

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