National History Day


National History Day is an annual academic enrichment program for students in grades 7-12 that encourages thoughtful historical research, project-based learning and a dose of friendly competition, as individuals or as a group, in one of five distinct categories: papers, websites, documentary films,  performances, and exhibits. 

Coordinated by the staff of the Bucks County Historical Society that oversees the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, PA., this annual regional competition allows middle and high school students in Bucks and Montgomery County to take history beyond the classroom.

The 2021 National History Day Regional Contest for Bucks and Montgomery Counties will be held virtually. 

More the 400 students from Bucks and Montgomery Counties participate in the regional contest, and regional winners move on to their state-level competition. The 2021 Pennsylvania State Contest will be held virtually in May 2021. 

Top entries from the Pennsylvania State Contest are invited to compete on the national level. The 2021 National Contest will be held virtually in June 2021.

For questions or more information, please contact

The Bucks Mont Regional National History Day Contest is generously sponsored by: 



Berger Family Foundation
Alice and Bob Vernon

PA Department of Education
Lisa Kristin Soren


Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.
Rollo's Fact 1

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Beginning Monday, March 1, 2021 the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle will be open 6 days per week, Tuesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and will be closed on Mondays. The Mercer Museum Research Library will be closed from Saturday, March 6 - Saturday, March 13, 2021 to upgrade our facilities. The library will reopen on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.