The 2013 theme for National History Day is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas Events. Students are asked to pick a time when momentous change occurred and discuss the change and its consequences.
At the Historical Society of Pennsylvania we have many local, national, and even a few international topics that work with this theme. Here for a list of these topics; click to learn about the topic, its relationship to the theme, and some of our sources.
These topics guides were created by Beneficial National History Day Fellow Claire Frosch.
William Penn & the Founding of Pennsylvania
Quakers & Abolition
Declaration of Independence
Benjamin Franklin & the American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia Fire Department
Beneficial Bank generously supports the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s involvement in National History Day, including support for a summer Beneficial NHD Teacher Fellow and the 2013 NHD Philly Kick-Off.