National History Day (NHD) is a highly
regarded academic program for elementary
and secondary school students.
more than half a million students,
encouraged by thousands of teachers
nationwide participate in the NHD contest.
Students choose historical topics related
to a theme and conduct extensive primary
and secondary research through libraries,
archives, museums, oral history interviews
and historic sites. After analyzing and
interpreting their sources and drawing
conclusions about their topics’
significance in history, students present
their work in original papers, websites,
exhibits, performances and documentaries.
These products are entered into
competitions in the spring at local, state
and national levels where they are
evaluated by professional historians and
educators. The program culminates in the
Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each
June held at the University of Maryland at
of Pennsylvania is home to the 4th Region
of the State Competition which includes
Armstrong, Indiana, Jefferson, Clearfield,
Cambria, Elk counties.