Welcome to the NHD in PA Region 4 at IUP

Important Dates & Times



National History Day    in PA - Region 4

(Armstrong, Indiana, Jefferson, Clearfield, Cambria, Elk & Westmoreland Counties)


National History Day started as a small contest in Cleveland in 1974 and has grown to a nation-wide educational program that allows thousands of middle and high school students to participate in an exciting way to study history and learn about issues, ideas, people, and events.  Through NHD students will learn the skills and techniques of the historian and discover new insights that they express through creative and original performances, documentaries, websites, papers, or three-dimensional exhibits.  With its regional, state, and national levels of competition, it’s reasonable to see History Day being the Social Studies equivalent of what Science Fair is to the Sciences.

Regional Competition Date:  March 27, 2020 

This year's theme: Breaking Barriers in History

Location:  Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Registration Deadline:  February 21, 2020

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So what does it look like to go through the process? Here are some pointers:



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Things to consider:

  • You will need to have primary sources to support your entry. Locate them before formulating your argument.
  • Start with the historical research and decide what type of entry best fits your research afterwards.
  • All entry types (other than papers) can be done as an individual or as a group of up to 5 students.
  • Please don't create an account on this site until Registration opens on January 20, 2020.  
  • Your topic title and entry type will have to be decided on by the Registration Deadline but you can keep working on your actual entry for much longer. Paper and Websites are pre-judged and have to be submitted early. All other entries can be worked on until the date of the contest
    • %u200B%u200B%u200B%u200B%u200B%u200B%u200BRegistration Deadline: Feb 14, 2020
    • Late Registration Deadline: Feb 28, 2020
    • Submission due date for Paper and Website Categories: March 16, 2020
    • Regional Competition: March 27, 2020



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Next Steps:

  • Consider including NHD in your school’s curriculum – either as an in-class assignment, gifted program, or simply as extracurricular activity.

  • Contact your coordinator (lippert@iup.edu) to provide you with information necessary to implement this program in your classroom / school. You will gain access to Region 4's Edmodo Classroom where teachers exchange tips and tricks on how to implement History Day in the classroom.

  • Registration Opening:  January 20, 2020 

    • Teachers may register right away and must register before allowing students to register
    • Students should not sign up/register before registration opens
    • For group projects, one student must create the project, then share the project key with the other group members so they can link to that project during registration.
  • Registration Deadline:  February 14, 2020

  • Late Registration Deadline ($10 late fee per person):  February 28, 2020

  • Paper Mailing Deadline:  March 16, 2020 (Papers must be uploaded AND mailed)

  • Website Lockout Date:  March 16, 2020

  • Regional Event: March 27, 2020 at IUP


More Arguments from Educators:

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Judging History Day

At our regional contest we ask our IUP faculty, Social Studies Educators, and other expert volunteers to serve on the judging teams that evaluate each entry. We realize that the 15-20 minute judging process is the highlight for each student. Below is a brief video that highlights the judge's responsiblities. At this point, we do not use the electronic registration system for judges' assignments.

If you are interested in serving as a judge, please contact Dr. Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen via email at franklin@iup.edu




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