This Year's Theme

Taking a Stand in History

Every year National History Day frames students' research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year's theme is Taking a Stand in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students' historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.

Read More about the 2017 theme from NHD

Important Dates

  • Introductory Teacher Workshop and Cultural Fair: October 17, 2016, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 4:30 - 7:00
  • Webinar - Connecting to Online Resources: The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, November 2, 2016, 4:30 - 5:30
  • Junior Division Contest: March 15, 2017
  • Senior Division Contest: March 16, 2017