National History Day in PA

National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for students in grades 6-12. By participating in National History Day, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history.

Since 2008, the Foundation’s Education Department has managed and hosted National History Day in PA. Held as a statewide contest, students research a historical topic, develop a thesis, and create a project to present their research. Regional contests serve as qualifying events for the statewide contest. National History Day in PA contest winners are selected to attend a national competition held annually at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Participation in National History Day in PA begins in the classroom. Students and teachers are strongly encouraged to read the NHD Rule Book, review annual theme materials, and visit the National History Day website to review lessons and tutorials before starting their projects.

2021 State Contest

STATE CONTEST ONLINE PAYMENT:  To make an online payment please first generate an invoice in the Zfairs contest registration portal at  You will need your Zfairs invoice number(s) to complete your online payment.

Please enter the name of ALL students, and the invoice numbers for each invoice you are paying for.  The invoice number is the five digit number in the upper right hand corner of the invoice.  Please make sure the total payment matches the invoice total.  If you need help obtaining a copy of your invoice please contact Jeff Hawks at

Student Name(s)
NHD in PA Invoice #(s)

The 2021 NHD in PA State Contest will take place online from May 7 to May 10, 2021.

Opening Ceremony:  9 AM Friday, May 7, 2021

Awards Ceremony:  9 AM Monday, May 10, 2021

NHD in PA and the Army Heritage Center Foundation are proud to partner with the University of Scranton, our virtual host for the State Contest.

For more information on the state contest, visit the State Contest Registration Page or contact the Foundation’s Education Department.

For information on regional contests, contact your regional coordinator.



Program Resources

NHD Rule Book

Annual Theme Materials

National History Day website

Judge and Coordinator Resources

Pre-Contest Judges Orientation

National Contest Judges Briefing (2019)

Judge Instructions – Documentary

Judge Instructions – Exhibit

Judge Instructions – Paper

Judge Instructions – Performance

Judge Instructions – Website

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