National History Day

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania supports National History Day through research assistance in the classroom and after-school,*teacher professional development, and travel grants to help winners attend competitions. National History Day (NHD) is a great program to help students practice research and critical thinking skills, elements important to their future in the workplace and school.

NHD is actually a year-long educational program proven to increase test scores and thinking skills for the thousands of middle and high school students from across the United States who participate. Each year students chose topics related to a theme.  The theme for for National History Day 2014 is Rights and Responsibilities.   See below for topics related to this for which HSP has wonderful sources.

After researching their chosen topic, participants gain first-hand experience producing a documentary, exhibit, essay, performance, or website to submit in a local contest. The winners move on to a state competition. Those winners move on to the national competition in Washington.

NHD Philly contest March 12 - 13, 2014
NHD Pennsylvania state contest May 12-13, 2014
NHD national contest June 15 -19, 2014

*The after-school Student Mentor program is supported by Enterprise Holdings Foundation.


Students in grades 6-12 can get assistance with their research each Wednesday starting October 9 from 2:30-8:30 p.m.