National History Day in PA is sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation.

Each year, hundreds of middle and high school students in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, and Perry counties participate in the Region 8, National History Day in PA contest at Messiah College, hoping to move on to the state contest in May. National History Day is a year-long educational program in which students gain first-hand experience conducting historical research and producing


Judges needed for Region 8 & Region 9 Contest @ Messiah on Saturday, March 2. You can register here: https://pa-nhdpam.nhd.org/

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TEACHER OPPORTUNITY! Check out the upcoming The Library of Congress and NHD's Historical Argumentation Webinar Series.

For more information and to register, visit nhd.org/courses.

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📣 Great news! 📣

We launched a new NHD website today!

Visit nhd.org to check it out.


NHD in PA @ Messiah (Regions 8 & 9) is looking for judges for the regional contest here on Saturday, March 18, 2023. To sign-up or for more information (Judges Main Page), here is the link:

NHD in PA @ Messiah zFairs Contest Management System


Registration for Region 8's contest on Saturday, March 18, 2023 opens at 6 AM tomorrow (Monday, January 9).

NHD in PA @ Messiah zFairs Contest Management System

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Working on those annotated bibliographies? Here are some tips to help you organize!

Watch the video here: https://buff.ly/3slRpJq

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We'd like to wish a very happy birthday to Guy Fieri!

- Guy Fieri competed at the NHD National Contest in 1982? The annual theme that year was Trade & Industry in History. His project focused on the history of the pretzel.

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NHD Inclusive History Initiative National History Day is looking to the future of history education and civic engagement. As part of our dedication to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion for all students, we are engaged in a fact-finding mission to learn from our affiliates and to create supportive programming that can....

Evaluating Sources when Researching Indigenous People in History 08/01/2022

Evaluating Sources when Researching Indigenous People in History January 26, 4-5 p.m. Join Indigenous Educator Leah Hopkins (Narragansett) for this virtual workshop for teachers and students embarking on teaching and researching Indigenous histories. Though the workshop is organized by New England History Day coordinators, the tips and guidance provided by Ms. Ho...


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Looking for topics? Join Retro Report and NHD has they discuss topic ideas, teacher resources, and more as part of our !

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Let’s Go Back to School! We are excited to announce our new fall line-up of online courses for teachers.

We are even launching a new fall webinar series, Evaluating NHD Projects, and a new course, Researching Local History for National History Day this year!

Head over to https://buff.ly/3lKTfl4 to learn more and register! We hope to see you in the classroom!

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Watch – UNLADYLIKE2020 Watch UNLADYLIKE2020 animated documentary shorts which tell the stories of 26 trailblazing heroines from the turn of the 20th century.


2022 Theme!

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Spring has officially sprung!

That means we are hard at work here at NHD Headquarters getting ready for our 2021 Virtual National Contest.

We are excited to announce that we are developing student and teacher programming for contest week that will be free for ALL NHD teachers and students.

We hope you will join us!

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We are so excited to announce the release of our brand-new lesson plan book, Building a More Perfect Union. The National Endowment for the Humanities, EDSITEment, and National History Day created Building a More Perfect Union as part of the NEH’s unique initiative to advance civic education and the study of U.S. history and culture in preparation for the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026.

The book explores events, legislative accomplishments, and civic actions across U.S. history—from foreign policy to civil rights to debates surrounding citizenship—that have collectively moved us toward a more perfect union.

We will be revealing the different lesson plans available in the book over the next few months right here.

Visit https://buff.ly/3b3YGYx to check out the lesson plans and download copies today!

All the lesson plans are written for teachers by teachers! Thank you to our outstanding NHD teachers:

Kyle Johnson
Seaman Middle School / Seaman Schools / Kansas History Day

Josh Elders
Peters Township School District / National History Day in PA!

Kate Corrado
Loudoun County Public Schools / Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Erik Peterson
Santiago Elementary / Santa Ana Unified School District / National History Day California

Jeffrey Hinton
Clark County School District / National History Day in Nevada

Amie Dryer
Calvert High School (Prince Frederick, Maryland) / Calvert County Public Schools - CCPS / Maryland History Day

Kristin Rentschler
Columbia City High School / Friends of WCCS / Indiana Historical Society

Marian Cronin-Connolly
St. Peter's School / National History Day in PA!

Westley Green
Gautier High School / Pascagoula-Gautier School District / Mississippi History Day

Robbie See
Mendenhall Middle School / Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District / National History Day California

Emily Lewellen
Brown County High School / Brown County Schools - Superintendent / Indiana Historical Society

Chris Stewart
North Lakes Academy Charter School / National History Day in Minnesota

Sharon Gillette
AAIA 新北美國學校 Asia American International Academy / NHDKorea

Deanna McDaniel
Genoa Middle School / Westerville Schools / Ohio History Day

Suzan Turner
Nashua-Plainfield Middle School / High School / National History Day in Iowa

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