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Historic News from the National Contest!

NHD Philly is thrilled to announce that two of our students' projects won at the NHD National Contest - a first place prize in the Junior Division and a second place prize in the Senior Division. Please join us in congratulating the students, their teachers and schools! We are #NHDPhilly proud! And special thanks to all of our sponsors, partners, supporters and volunteers who make this program happen every year.


1st Place Junior Paper

Title: Dealing with the Devil: The Triumph and Tragedy of IBM's Business with the Third Reich

Student: Harry Murphy

Teacher: Marian Gibfried

School: St. Peter's School

Read the winning paper!

2nd Place Senior Individual Exhibit

Title: Black Studies Now! Philadelphia's 1967 Student Walkouts

Student: Taryn Flaherty

Teacher: Elizabeth Taylor

School: Masterman High School

Results from the NHD Philly 2019 Contest

Results from the NHD in PA 2019 Contest

From the NHD National Office

Fun with NHD

This Year's Theme

NHD Students, March 2019
Photo by Mark Brooks. Courtesy of the Philadelphia Department of Records.

National History Day 2019-20

Welcome to a new year of NHD Philly!
Here are some important dates to know:

  • NHD Philly 2020 Contest: March 18 & 19, 2020
  • March 18: Senior Division (Grades 9-12)
  • March 19: Junior Division (Grades 6-9)
  • May 15-16: PA State Contest at Carlisle High School

NHD Philly Kick-Off Teacher Workshop and Cultural Resource Fair:

October 21, 2019; 4-5:30 PM
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

This free workshop will have information for teachers new to NHD as well as veteran NHD teachers. Educators who are new to NHD will receive a vintage NHD Philly T-Shirt and be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Experienced NHD Educators who bring in a teacher new to the program will also be entered in a drawing for a $25 Amazon card.

To participate, please register now. Refreshments will be served.

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  • January 22 : Project Registration Opens
  • February 8 (6:00 p.m.): Project Registration Closes; Website and Paper Projects Due
  • Senior Division Contest: March 14, 2018
  • Junior Division Contest: March 15, 2018
More workshops and webinars will be added to the schedule soon!
student doing research
What Is National History Day?

High school and middle school students research a topic in history and present a paper, documentary, exhibit, performance or website.

This year's theme
Research Libraries
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