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Virtual NHD Philly 2021 Info Sheet

Registration Dates

NOTE: This year the registration deadline will be separate from project submission deadlines.

  • February 5, 2021: Registration for NHD Philly opens and is open for two weeks
  • February 19, 2021: Registration closes

  • *Late registrations cannot be accepted*

Project Submission Deadlines

  • Monday March 1 - Websites and Papers
  • Monday March 8 - Documentaries
  • Monday March 15 - Exhibits and Performances
Detailed Instructions for how students submit projects will be provided soon.

Contest Dates

NHD Philly projects will be judged weekly by category this year, similar to the transitioned 2020 contest.

  • Week of March 15 - Paper and Website Judging
  • Week of March 22 - Documentary Judging
  • Week of March 29 - Exhibit and Performance Judging


While NHD Philly had planned to reintroduce the student interviews this year for our virtual contest, the national NHD office recently strongly urged against doing interviews at any level of the contest.

As an alternative, NHD Philly is offering students the opportunity to film a brief video clip answering 1-2 questions about their project and process. These videos will allow students to share their voice and perspective with the judges. These will be due the same day as the project submission deadline. More details to follow.

Contest Results

Results will be announced on Facebook the Monday following each category's judging.

  • Monday March 22: paper and website results
  • Monday March 29: documentary results
  • Monday April 5: exhibit and performance results

Important Reminders:

  • Classroom mentors are available by request to meet virtually with students and teachers.
  • Senior Division: Grades 9-12; Junior Division: Grades 6-8
  • Project Limit: Each school is limited to 27 projects at NHD Philly.
  • Students cannot reuse projects or research from previous years. It is one of the things (along with tampering with someone else's entry or plagiarism) that are grounds for disqualification, according to the NHD rulebook.

Virtual National Contest:

Sunday June 13 - Saturday June 19

Virtual State Contest:

Friday May 7 - Sunday May 9

Questions? Contact Andrea (Ang) Reidell, National Archives Education Specialist & NHD Philly Program Manager: [email protected]